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chailatte91 Fri 08-Jan-16 17:39:10

Following on from my last post - I've been offered my dream job! It's an office based job but is very fast paced and in exactly the field which I want to go in to. The only problem is, I currently work in the prison service and have 5 weeks of sick leave from the past year to my name. I took 4 weeks off work whilst I was in and out of hospital due to lower abdominal pain, fever and severe vomiting. The conclusion is that I may have had a bout of severe IBS or a severe gut reaction to something. This was over 6 months ago and I have been fine ever since. I also took a week off over Christmas due to bereavement. This makes 5 weeks in total. I have never had a singular day off and have always come in unless it has been serious. It's just unfortunate that these incidents have both occurred. It is very difficult to work in a prison, on landings and dealing with prisoners whilst you are unwell and you are encouraged at the time to stay off work, as it is a dangerous environment at the best of times.

Do you think it is likely that the job could be withdrawn due to my sick leave?

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Fri 08-Jan-16 17:41:31

I would doubt it.

You had one bout of serious illness and one that shouldn't have gone down as sick leave at all - surely it was compassionate leave.

A much bigger worry is someone who has taken lots and lots of single days or two day blocks off.

There is also disability legislation to be careful of, so they'd normally follow up and give you a chance to explain before making any decisions.


SevenOfNineTrue Fri 08-Jan-16 19:40:29

I am assuming this is a different company you are going to work for? If so, they will have no details of your sick leave. our reference will be basic and will not include sick leave details.

CountryLovingGirl Fri 15-Jan-16 19:00:07

They can't give details of sick leave in your reference. Don't worry and well done on the new job!

MarthaMonkeynuts Fri 15-Jan-16 19:05:13

Some references certain do ask about sick leave, but I don't think you'll have a problem - it's the number of occasions they are particularly interested in.

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