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Feminine Tue 16-Oct-12 16:14:55

Last week he was given a sick note from the Doctor. For nearly 5 months he has been bullied at work ....he is not the only one, many are leaving too.

Anyway, after explaining to the doctor what was going on she very strongly suggested he find a new job and signed him off stating he was suffering from acute (work related)anxiety. Yesterday, he was offered a new job!

The training will start on 29th of October. In an ideal world, he wouldn't go back to his old job but he needs a reference. Last week he was signed off for 2 weeks , and must return to the Doctor next Monday to see how he is doing.

What does/should he do now?

Apparently, he needs to give his employer a months notice? There is no way he can go back...he was so ill during his time there.

Thanks in advance for any help offered smile

Feminine Tue 16-Oct-12 16:16:12

Oh, and I'm assuming his wages will remain unaffected? We can't afford to take a loss right now.

flowery Tue 16-Oct-12 18:26:28

He needs to resign, tell his manager he's got a new job. He should say he is aware he is required to give a month's notice but as his new job would like him to start on 29th October, is it possible to release him earlier.

Not sure what you mean by his pay being unaffected? If he's on more than Statutory Sick Pay the terms and conditions are up to his employer so he'd have to check whether there's any rule about not receiving enhanced sick pay while serving notice or anything like that. Nothing he would be able to do about any such rule anyway if he wants to leave.

If he's on SSP only, it wouldn't be affected by the fact that he's serving notice.

Feminine Wed 17-Oct-12 16:00:42

Thanks for your help smile

On Friday, he is due to be paid, I'm assuming that his wages will be unaffected?

The amount, I mean...?

flowery Wed 17-Oct-12 16:21:34

Unaffected by him handing in his notice you mean? As I said, it depends.

If he is receiving more than statutory sick pay and his employer has conditions on that, such as it not being applicable to staff serving their notice, then yes his pay could be affected in that way. If they have no such conditions, or he is just receiving SSP, then no it won't be affected.

Has he handed in his notice yet? If he wants them to waive part of his notice period and release him early, he needs to do it as soon as possible.

Feminine Wed 17-Oct-12 16:28:18

We are scared for him to hand in his notice, in case it stops them from paying his wages.

Thanks smile

So,will he just be paid 85 a week? his wages are at least double that sad

flowery Wed 17-Oct-12 16:47:45

Well if he wants to leave he'll have to hand in his notice.

I can't tell you what his wages will be as I don't know what his employer's sick pay policy is.

mollymole Wed 17-Oct-12 16:53:03

The most important thing here is your DH health situation, the money has to be a secondary concern. If he wants to leave he will have to hand in his notice, and as soon as possible if he wants to negotiate an early release from his contract.

Feminine Wed 17-Oct-12 16:56:56


Thanks very much for the help flowery and molly smile

YouSmegHead Thu 18-Oct-12 05:49:57

Btw he can ask to leave earlier, if he is going to remain on the sick lots of employers would let him go earlier.

Lougle Thu 18-Oct-12 07:27:26

He has options:
Get a sick note for his notice period. That's a further two weeks.

Hand in resignation, ask to be released early.
Hand in notice, ask to take two weeks as annual leave.

Feminine Thu 18-Oct-12 08:33:12

Apparently though, the employers want a month?

It seems a long time.

I read on his contract yesterday that he will only be on enhanced sick pay for 2 weeks, as he hasn't been there a year even. sad

Lougle Thu 18-Oct-12 08:47:15

A month is quite standard. One of my work places required 8 weeks. That wasn't easy.

IShallWearMidnight Thu 18-Oct-12 08:50:43

DH has had three month notice periods before - try working that without taking on new projects or being allowed to market to potential clients! Thankfully both firms with that length of notice periods were happy to release early.

flowery Thu 18-Oct-12 09:47:59

A month is perfectly normal and usual. Has he asked if they will release him earlier? Most employers would in the event someone is off sick anyway as it will save them money, even if its only SSP.

Feminine Thu 18-Oct-12 14:16:36

Thanks again for the latest responses.

Tomorrow (Friday) he will talk to them.

Am I right in assuming that if his doctor still wants him to refrain from returning he might still get SSP? maybe not at the enhanced rate, but something?

Or, does he sign on for 9 days? we are really broke right now, I don't know how we will be able to survive without those days being paid.

flowery Thu 18-Oct-12 14:52:05

As long as he's still employed, serving his notice, and his doctor signs him off, he should get SSP yes. He can't sign on while serving his notice.

Feminine Thu 18-Oct-12 16:20:38

Oh,thanks so much for explaining smile

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