I was off sick from mid Jan16 - mid May 16 during which time I was diagnosed with MS. Upon my return to work I was told that I had been put on sickness monitoring. The trigger levels where I work (NHS) are about 3.5% of your yearly working hours OR three episodes of absence. I thought this was a bit unfair given the diagnosis but there was little I could do about it. I even asked for meetings with Line Manager, H.R. Occupational Health and Union but nothing really changed although they did say they ‘might’ look upon absences more favourably in the future given that I am technically ‘disabled’.
In August this year I had about 3 days off. In Sept/Oct I had a few weeks off, with a couple of days in the middle when I tried unsuccessfully to go back to work.
I have heard from my line manager today that I have been put on monitoring again. Apparently HR HAVE taken into account my MS in that I actually had three episodes of sickness, but as two were close together they’ve only counted it as two. I still trigger on hours though.
Fat lot of good that has done me!
Juls (actually feeling amused at the irony!)