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Do you have a policy that says what is required of you in such circumstances?
We must phone in but I work in an office that is Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm.
How long have you worked there for?
Does the policy actually stipulate when you must phone in and also did you phone in before you were supposed to work on the Monday?
Yes I phoned in before I should have on the Monday, no it does not stipulate however the boss says "his phone is always on"
ok thanks let me get my response ready please
It is indeed rather curious that they are taking this action against you and that they are trying to discipline you in the circumstances. Generally, if you are off sick and need to call in sick you would need to advise your employer in good time before the start of your shift when you are next due in. There may be a specific period of notice you are required to give the employer and that would be stipulated in any policy that is in place dealing with this. However, if there is no such policy or it does not stipulate a minimum notice period and you advised the employer of your imminent absence before you were next due in to work, then you would not really have done anything wrong. To discipline you for not calling in over the weekend when you are not due to be working and when there was no specific policy which you had failed to follow is unreasonable and unfair. You have the right to challenge this and may do so in a couple of ways – you can consider raising a formal grievance about this and ask that the disciplinary is placed on hold until the grievance is dealt with, or you can proceed with the disciplinary, defend yourself as normal and raise this as your main argument, and if a decision is taken against you, then you can appeal it formally and again consider raising a grievance if you have not yet raised one.
Thank you for this, I think what has happened is that the person raising this has just been promoted and has no HR traing or qualifications therefore trying to assert their new position,
That could well be the case but does not justify their actions - if they are unable to make a proper decision about this themselves then you may have to take it higher up
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