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Generally, your employer can accept your request, or refuse your request.
In such cases, if you have a complaint about your employment rights, you should first speak to your employer. If you cannot resolve your complaint informally, you can make a formal complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) using its online complaint form.
Depending on your complaint, you may have to take ‘pre-complaint steps’, such as gathering supporting documents and sending them to the WRC as part of the complaint.
You should make your complaint to the WRC within 6 months of the alleged incident (dispute). This time limit can be extended by a further 6 months if there was a reasonable cause for the delay.
In any case, you should prove to them there will be a surgery on that day, and they should accept your request. If not, you can raise a complaint.
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Yes, that would be the best course of action at this point. It is best for you to fall in sick and get a letter from your surgeon.
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