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You are not entitled to redundancy pay as you have not been made redundant.
If the employer has terminated your employment it would be because you failed to attend work and just up and left without permission form the employer for the time off. I really appreciate what you have said about the reason, but, an employee cannot just pop and leave the job with no notice and no permission. The employer can treat that as your resignation form work or treat it as an act of gross misconduct and termination of employment with immediate effect. You would have been gone for 3 months or so.
Therefore as you left without permission, if the employer has terminated your job, you would not be entitled to any severance pay. Any wages that were due can be deducted from your lack of notice period.
Tge employer is under no obligation to take you back.
You can request the time off and wait for a decision from the employer. You have no right to just up and leave and then expect the company to run around and give you what you want.
Yes you can negotiate with the employer. Either to take an unpaid leave of absence(they won want to know a date for your return)
You can ask to Use any untaken holidays to help cover the time off, or if you do not wish to return you can ask for a compromise agreement, that is where you leave and do not return, in exchange you will receive your pay and holidays that my be due in exchange for taking no action against the employer.
They are under no obligation to keep your position open.
If there are going to be weeks of delays for the DNA tests then return to work and then travel back for the testa when an appointment can be made.?
It is something to consider, but I really don't think you have anything to compromise with, but that does not stop you asking the employer.