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Hi there, it is difficult to specifically advise without knowing what the actual reasons for the employer's decision are. As an immediate observation, I would not be too concerned about this if it is just a one off request that covers the initial few days of your return. I would be more worried if there appears to be an ongoing issue with allowing you to return to work but it is too early to say if that is the case. Unless you have serious concerns about accepting their request, I would say there is no harm in doing so just to make things easier and keep the relationship between you and the employer on a good level. Assuming this request is only concerned with the initial few days of your return, and the rest of your phased return is dealt with reasonably, I would not be too worried overall. Whilst their reasons for the delay may not necessarily be what they say, I do not think there is a sinister side to it.
In terms of whether these initial 3 days would be treated as sick leave, i would check with the company in advance and push for them not to count as that, because after all it is their decision to delay your return and you should not be 'penalised' by having to take more sick leave as a result.
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Hi there, I fully understand that even small issues like this can have a great impact on your mental wellbeing when you are already feeling quite vulnerable. In the end, the employer should only do what is best for you, not them - they have a duty to look after you and your health and wellbeing. So if it is not too much of a bother, try to do as they have proposed, but if you believe this will have a greater impact then you need to put your foot down a bit more and spell out to the employer what you need and what would actually be of benefit to you in these circumstances. Hope this clarifies?
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