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i have a young hairdresser trainee (18) who has alot of sickness.I

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i have a young hairdresser trainee (18) who has alot of sickness.I followed the procedure
in informal chats about this.and she is aware of her sickness. She text my manager to say she has a highly infectious bug and has been ordered to not work or be in contact with anyone for the day she sent the text and the next day. she is back in today and looks and is acting fine.
Where do we stand? or how do i now address this as I'm ( owner ) back in work tomorrow.

I do have a more serious question about another young trainee but ill wait for your responce on the first person before I ask about the next.

many thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 3 years ago.

Ben Jones :

Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. can you tell me how long she has been in your employment please

JACUSTOMER-52lzg57q- : She has been with me for 18months
Ben Jones :

OK thank you, please leave it with me. I am in a tribunal today so will prepare my advice during the day and get back to you this afternoon. There is no need to wait and you will receive an email when I have responded. Thank you

JACUSTOMER-52lzg57q- :

ok. I wait your response.

JACUSTOMER-52lzg57q- :

ok. I will wait for your response many thanks

Ben Jones :

ok thank you I am working in London and will have to travel back later I will get my advice ready and get back ASAP

Ben Jones :

Hello again, just because someone is acting fine when they return to work does not mean that they were not genuinely ill. Everyone reacts in different ways and some may feel better quicker than others so do not always assume the worst. In other words you need to give them the benefit of the doubt to some extent.

However, if there is clear evidence they may be faking their illness, you could consider disciplinary action but only if you are confident they were likely lying about this. You may then request further evidence, such as doctors’ notes as part o the investigation but if they have a valid doctor’s note or report then unless you have conflicting professional opinion from another doctor about this, it would be difficult to challenge it as you are not medically qualified to make an opinion on her health status.

Hope this clarifies your position?

Ben Jones :

Hello, I see you have accessed and read my answer to your query. Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? I just need to know whether to close the question or not? Thanks

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 3 years ago.
Hello Karen, could you please let me know if I have answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this – this is needed so I can either keep the question open or close it if no further advice is required? Thank you