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can work ignore a doctor letter

(22 Posts)
natharley11 Mon 28-Jul-14 20:20:49

Can work ignore a doctor note. I was signed onto limited hours due to hyperemisis. Doc said max 6 hours a day. But when just spoke to team leader says need do 11 hours shift as normal can she do this? ??

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 28-Jul-14 20:23:24

Not sure but if they are insisting its eleven hourd or nothing then go back to the doctors and have them sign you off completely.

notkatemiddleton Mon 28-Jul-14 20:27:21

No....they can't really do this without opening themselves up to risk. What's their justification for not permitting reduced hours?

Should you be working at all if you have bad morning sickness?

magpiegin Mon 28-Jul-14 20:28:29

Do you have an HR dept? If so, talk to them. If not speak to the highest manager you can get hold of. They really shouldn't be doing this.

FTMK Mon 28-Jul-14 20:29:04

Is it a doctor's letter or a fit note with restrictions? If it's a fit note with restrictions I don't think they can. Not sure re a letter but the risk assessment they have done should take your situation into account and they do have to make reasonable adjustments for you.

natharley11 Mon 28-Jul-14 20:31:10

I have a sneaky feeling it's just my team leader as she just replied that ain't spoken to our floor manager yet . She says it's only a recommendation and they ain't able to accommodate it

FTMK Mon 28-Jul-14 20:31:19

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298832/fitnote-patients-employees-guidance.pdf might help - if they can't accommodate your fit note restrictions they have to treat you as though you are signed off - no need for a new note.

natharley11 Mon 28-Jul-14 20:37:17

They not done any risk assessments. It's a sick note reducing hours for a month.
Im only back as been off sick three weeks already

Littlef00t Mon 28-Jul-14 20:42:21

She'll be shooting herself in the foot as you'll end up not working at all, rather than half a shift. They still have to pay you.

natharley11 Mon 28-Jul-14 20:45:36

She been really difficult since found out think speak to hr tomorrow h

notkatemiddleton Mon 28-Jul-14 20:46:06

Why though? Just because?

Moreisnnogedag Mon 28-Jul-14 21:02:17

Well she can push her luck all she likes. If unable to accommodate amendments to duties then you're signed off sick completely.

onedev Mon 28-Jul-14 21:05:49

Depending on how far into your pregnancy you are, they can insist on you starting your maternity leave early if you go off sick completely.

I think you should speak to HR.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Mon 28-Jul-14 21:08:51

Well they're shooting themselves in the foot if they haven't done any risk assessment and something happens to you.

Jellylove Mon 28-Jul-14 21:23:08

If it's a sick note but fit to work amended hours then they have to abide by it or no work at all and you can't be signed off for maternity leave til 29 weeks, so your hand can't be forced that way unless your that far along.

Sounds like your team leader doesn't have a grasp of sickness policy!

fledermaus Mon 28-Jul-14 21:26:17

You can't be put on maternity leave by them due to sickness until 36 weeks actually, not 29 (29 is the earliest you can choose to start leave).

Jellylove Mon 28-Jul-14 21:35:23

Apologies, you are right about the maternity leave,
That's even better for OP's situation then smile

notkatemiddleton Mon 28-Jul-14 23:24:20

If they can't accommodate it unfortunately it's back on full time sick for you. However they aren't , unfortunately, obliged to pay you. They don't have to 'medically suspend' you, if you are not fit to work due to medic reasons then you are simply sick.

Bigger fools them though, I'd rather have you for 50% time (provided you feel well enough) than 0%.

notkatemiddleton Mon 28-Jul-14 23:25:16

Ps. They can't discipline you either. Pregnancy/maternity is protected.

natharley11 Tue 29-Jul-14 15:43:01

Thanks girls work meant be getting back to me this afternoon. If not I can at the very latest go into work informed . X

Pico2 Wed 30-Jul-14 18:58:27

Have you heard anything? The stress of this must just be adding to you feeling crap.

natharley11 Thu 31-Jul-14 18:54:49

Amazingly went back yesterday to a very helpful tl . Was like she had a personality transplant.
Basically doing 6 hours for next month. She even booked in al for blood tests and 20 week scan so don't got go back into work .
Talk about a turn around !!!

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