Hi, I’ve had relapsing remitting MS for the last 20yrs. In that time I have suffered 6 relapses but have been fortunate enough to bounce back to full health. However, this doesnt appear to be the case with my most recent relapse and I’m suffering with pins and needles in my face and right hand and general weakness down my right side, particularly my right leg. My cognitive functions seem to be suffering too with short term memory problems and periods of time, which are just lost to me where I just seem to “drift”. My issue is that I have returned to work and am currently performing restricted duties as part of a return to work plan. I had a meeting with my HR Dept who informed me that if I go off sick again during the 8 week period the return to work plan runs for, they may instigate unacceptable attendance procedures (UAP) against me. I have researched this at work (sickness policy) and my HR manager has got it completely wrong as having MS defines me as being disabled and I am therefore protected to some degree. My employers would have to go down the route of medical pension as opposed to UAP. I have checked with work and I am classed as being a disabled person. What I would like to know is - is there a formal meachanism / need for me to register as being a disabled person, how do I do this, and if I do register does this afford me additional protection?
Any help would be much appreciated.