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I work for a company who says they won't accept sick calls

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EdithWeston Sun 21-Apr-19 09:05:45

It's a public holiday which will have led to a number of staff being on booked leave anyhow), plus it's a nice day.

So of course they're going to be sceptical of people who ring in sick. Keep anything which proves you saw the doctor (you self certify for first week, but I think in your case it would be prudent to get something in writing even if they recommend a shorter absence - even a note from the receptionist confirming the appointment would do. This is because as it is over a holiday weekend).

You need to tell your work you are attending a medical appointment today, and will advise them of the outcome as soon as you can.

In the longer term, as you don't want to ruin your back permanently with further stress/damage, it is probably time to start looking for a different job which does not cause the same physical stresses. It would also have an added benefit of getting you out of a place which has a rather unpleasant attitude on occasions.

Shostakobitch Sun 21-Apr-19 09:05:06

The attitude towards sickness and working in this country is bloody appalling. Almost every job I've been in has treated sickness like some kind of personal failure and most people I know will battle through sickness to get to work no matter how bad it will be for them because they know they will be looked down upon otherwise.

Sorry to rant OP but your work is ridiculous. Look after yourself and when you're healed you can return to work, I hope they sort you out with some good painkillers today!

ElektraLOL Sun 21-Apr-19 08:59:19

'They probably know that they won't get any cover due to nice weather so are trying to put you off in case you are trying it on.'

This happens to everyone regardless of weather. They always say they can't accept sickness. It makes me angry because I actually hate having time off sick and you feel as though they are accusing you of lying.

ElektraLOL Sun 21-Apr-19 08:57:02

I will send an email if necessary and I'm pretty sure I will get a doctors note. I'm seeing the out of hours doctor today. I'm in constant pain and it's a miserable existence.

TheMobileSiteMadeMeSignup Sun 21-Apr-19 08:56:58

That is ludicrous. They can't force you to go to work. If they give you hassle get in touch with ACAS or your union if you have one.

QuitMoaning Sun 21-Apr-19 08:56:57

I don’t understand. I don’t call in sick unless I really can’t work so it is irrelevant whether they accept or not. Saying they don’t accept wouldn’t change the fact that I can’t work, if I could work I would be in.
Just get yourself well and then, as soon as you are able, back in to work.

hidinginthenightgarden Sun 21-Apr-19 08:56:12

How odd! They probably know that they won't get any cover due to nice weather so are trying to put you off in case you are trying it on.

Make sure you get a sick note from the doctor.

megrichardson Sun 21-Apr-19 08:55:59

I would start looking up the law if I were you OP. I hope you start to feel better soon.

DantesInferno Sun 21-Apr-19 08:54:38

So how are you meant to let them know you wont be in?

Is there an HR manual?

Hahaha88 Sun 21-Apr-19 08:54:34

That's ludicrous. They can't make you work. If you're sick you're sick

ElektraLOL Sun 21-Apr-19 08:53:09

I have an ongoing problem with a slipped disc in my back. It flairs up every now and then and I have a very physical job. So yesterday my back was hurting all day at work and today I'm in so much pain I'm going to the out of hours GP. I can't even drive. So I call in sick to work to be told they will not accept sick calls today because they are too busy. This is the first time I've ever called in sick in any job I've had. I physically will not be able to do the movements involved. I told them I'm self certifying and i will not be in.

IABU to think this is not usual workplace behaviour? I have heard from others that they will always try to bully ill people into work.

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