Work...not well enough to return, advice please?


I have been on sick leave from work for 2 months due to a relapse and have been asked to attend a meeting this week with my Manager and HR. I am still not well enough to return to work and the stress of this hanging over me isn’t helping at all . Really not sure why I have been called to this meeting as work have been provided with sick notes. Can they make me go in when I am on sick leave? I don’t have a great relationship with my manager which doesn’t help and worried they are starting proceedings to dismiss me. Could anyone tell me where I could get help and advice from and how I can respond to work…I feel like I am being bullied by them? I am diagnosed if this makes a difference.

Thank you

It is more than likely the companies policy to do sickness monitoring meetings.

If you are not up to travelling they should also give you the opportunity to have it at home.

They will want to know why you are off and if you have any idea when you will be likely to return. They have to check that its nothing workplace related that is causing your sickness.

At my last 2 workplaces the first meeting is called after 10 days.

It will be your opportunity to inform them about your condition as you can bet they really dont know much and you are protected by law because of your diagnosis. It may be an ideal opportunity to talk about a phased return when you are well enough together with general steps on adaptions that may need to be made to your role if applicable.

Try not to worry too much as you do have laws to protect you,and you can honestly say because its a relapse you really dont know when you will be recovered enough to work.



Obviously you are undiagnosed but morally that is irrespective and you should have the safeguards detailed in the Equalities Act. The Law details a disabled person as a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

There are many orginisation that offer help. Contact DIAL who will come around your house. Or Benefits and work who give excellent advice costs £19.40 per year. The DLS give excellent free advice it is essential you get help. Or the Equality and Human Rights Commission

The EHRC website also explains your rights under the EA and if you ring them will help you with any questions.

The meeting is something they must do legally; morally and as a good employer. It’s simple though; if your not well enough to attend and they insist; they come to you. Whatever always have a collegue; Union Rep.; even your husband present at any meeting.

Good luck


Sorry see you are diagnosed; doh! So as Pip says you definately are under the EA SO EVERTHING SEEMS ABOVE BOARD.

Thank you both for your advice.

I have had to postpone the meeting until next week, as I’m not well enough to attend tomorrow. They didn’t give me the opportunity to have the meeting at home.

I’ve already had a meeting with occupational health and a phased return, parking space close by and adaptations have already been agreed, when I am able to return. Just can’t see what else they would want to discuss, but trying not to worry!

Thanks again