Unfortunately, ill health can give rise to repeated or long term absences. It may even be that you feel your employer has contributed to your ongoing absence due to mismanaging your absence or being the cause of it, such as work related stress arising from unreasonable levels of work or bullying. We can help you, the employee, to understand your employment law rights and what you can do.
If you are suffering from a long term illness (mental or physical) your employer ought to have regular contact with you and your medical practitioners. They should also be taking into account any disabilities when deciding what to do next, whether that is in relation to your return to work or ultimately if there is no reasonable period in which you can return to work, a termination.
Whatever the situation, your employer should follow a fair process. This includes having several meetings with you to discuss your prognosis, before any decision is made about your future.
There are lots of factors to take into account during this difficult time.
Ensuring you also have the correct professional and emotional support (such as counselling) is often key to speeding up your recovery and return to work (whether to your current employer or a new one). We can put you in contact with various professionals, if you feel this can help.
What Next? How We Can Help You.
If you are concerned that your employer is not treating you fairly or you think you might be about to be dismissed unfairly, then please get in touch and your employment solicitor can talk to you about your situation. We can advise you on how you can challenge what is happening and ultimately, determine any potential Employment Tribunal claims you might have. We work with clients around Guildford, Godalming and further afield.
If you are an employer looking for guidance on this, more information can be found here.