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iheartmycat Fri 08-Feb-13 00:07:55

Felt like shit for days, went to gp tonight and been diagnosed with chest infection. Can't sleep cos lying down makes me cough and wheeze even more. Joints ache, head aches...moan moan moan. line manager obsessed with my sick leave and I'm currently on a second stage absence review for having a week off in October with a bad back and a day off in January with stomach pain (awaiting surgery for this). I was sent home from work at lunchtime today cos I was so obviously not well my cough was driving them crazy aibu to take tomorrow off even tho they,re monitoring my absence?

McNewPants2013 Fri 08-Feb-13 08:05:08

I would post in legal to see what your employment right are regarding your heart problem and sick leave.

Jinsei Fri 08-Feb-13 09:13:41

You might be under review but if you have visited your gp and have it documented there isn't an awful lot they can say.

They might not say much but they can sack you, even if it's genuine!

LadyClariceCannockMonty Fri 08-Feb-13 09:23:19

Jinsei, I'm not a lawyer but I think they'd be in trouble if they tried to sack someone in these circumstances.

OP, get advice from your HR department if you have one and if they're not shite like most HR departments

It's entirely possible that the worry and pressure of these back-to-work review things are making you more stressed and more susceptible to illness anyway, so they're not really doing anyone any good.

I agree that you should post in legal to get a clearer view of your rights.

And I wouldn't go in today, or take a day's annual leave.

lady it sounds tough, but if you contravene your employer's sick absence monitoring policy, you CAN be dismissed (usually a longish procedure, with at least 3 stages). If you are ill a lot, genuine or not, they are entitled to implement their policy & they must apply it equally for all. It's about business needs. Usually they'll send you to an occupational health doctor to see if there's anything they can do, within reason, to improve your attendance.

Before DCs, I worked in civil service legal role (not hr side) and the government imposed targets were harsh. If a department/section didn't meet the sick absence target, the team manager would get bollocked, regardless. I managed a team of predominantly woman (1 man), all either had young kids and were constantly getting ill & in 18 months 3 had hysterectomies. This was not taken onto account & I was monitored for not discouraging absence!

I blame the Daily Mail, civil servants are sick note, lazy bastards.

DH works for private company, consultancy. They need to be 98% billable to meet their targets. This allows either two sick days per year or 1 hour every fortnight for admin (he manages a team of 6, management time is non billable). Their targets come from the board.

It is an employer's world out there right now.

Trills Fri 08-Feb-13 12:34:11

Being under review doesn't necessarily mean that your manager is thinking bad things about you or that you are likely to be sacked - it may just be policy.

It is good for a company to have a sickness monitoring policy - if all of one team keep having bad backs or another team have higher levels of stress-related issues then the company need to know about this because there may be something they can do about it.

Your doctor told you to go and rest for a few days. So do it. Speak to your work today, not in the morning, and say that you are following doctor's orders. If they need to cover your work then it will be easier for them if they know in advance

DrGoogleWillSeeYouNow Fri 08-Feb-13 12:53:31

Do you work for the NHS? It sounds very much like our sickness policy.

YANBU to take the day off if you genuinely feel too ill to go to work.

Your line manager is NBU to monitor you as per the sickness policy.

You kind of come across as if you think she has a personal vendetta against you... she hasn't, she is just following procedure.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Fri 08-Feb-13 14:01:59

babie, that IS tough sad

DreamingOfTheMaldives Fri 08-Feb-13 14:16:19

If it's the same virus that my husband has just had, and it sounds like it is, it must be bad - he took a day off sick - only the second time in the 12 years we've been together!! He should have stayed off for another day or two because he was that rough but didn't. I nearly collapsed in shock when he phoned in sick!

I would take the day off if I was you and worry about it when you are back.

drownangels Fri 08-Feb-13 18:26:11

Did you go in or not OP?

iheartmycat Sat 09-Feb-13 00:54:59

Hi, thanks for all the opinions, I might be a bit guilty of feeling that it is a vendetta against me as opposed to policy. I called my manager first thing and asked if I could come in for the morning (we work flexi, so I had time to call her before going in), do the essential work for the day then take the afternoon off as annual leave,. I know I could (and probably should) have used sick leave but it just wasn't worth the hassle.

maddening Sat 09-Feb-13 10:36:53

If you HAVE to go in have your tried day nurse? That can get me through.

Hope they are cool with the annual leave.

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