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Is there a policy in the workplace which deals with home visits like this one?
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The employer cannot force the employee to accept a home visit, at any time. In any event, the employer should follow its own policies that are in place and if the relevant policy here says that a home visit should only be done after 4 weeks’ of absence, then the employee can refuse the home visit on those grounds. Even after 4 weeks have elapsed, if the employee is not ready to have a home visit they can still ask for a postponement until it is reasonable for them to have someone visit them. The worst the employer can do if a home visit is rejected is to consider disciplining the employee but that will likely be unfair as long as there are reasonable grounds for refusing it in the first place. At this stage there are because the policy says that a visit is not even due yet., Later on there may be more reasons to reject a visit, depending on how the employee is feeling.
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