Phased return taking a long time ,mental health related
Springiscoming12345 · 10/02/2023 13:55
Anyone been through similar or have advice on this situation?
My partner has been off work for 5 months with depression. He kept in contact with work throughout.
He felt able to return to work in January . His boss & hr knew this in advance.
My husband is in senior management in a warehouse environment.
Anyway, it is now 5 weeks after his return. But there has been no return. He is still at home not working. (On full pay) His manager said they needed the input of occupational health which they did. All the reports and recommendations have been done to say he is fit for work & received by his workplace. But there is just radio silence from them.
His usual working week would be some days at home, some days visiting different sites around the country. Chairing meetings etc . And he has a team of 5 people under him.
His boss asked him to not work at all or have contact with any staff until the occupational health reports were in. But they've all been done.
Next week is week 6 that he has technically been back at work but isn't actually working! I'm finding the situation quite ludicrous now and don't fully understand what is happening. He's just sitting at home twiddling his thumbs. They haven't even sent him a quick email to say bare with us or acknowledge receipt of the occupational reports.
What do we do next? If it was me I would be contacting work and asking what the hell is going on.but he won't do that and says he needs to just wait until they get in contact with him
Quveas · 10/02/2023 16:56
Is he still on sick pay, or is he being paid wages? If it is wages there is nothing he can do other than ask them - an employer is entitled to not provide work if they provide the wage, if you see what I mean. If he is on sick pay, he can get a fit note (literally) from his GP and return to work - the employer would have to suspend him to prevent him from doing so (which they can do, see previous comment) but he'd not be entitled to insist on anything other than a full return to work. So it is a case of really, he has to talk to them. You are right. If he won't, there is nothing to be done about it.
WhatTrophy · 10/02/2023 17:02
I've done 2 sickness review meetings today.
I'm afraid my first reaction is "are you sure he's telling you the truth?".
If they really have just left him for 6 weeks he needs to be requesting an on site meeting with his boss and a written action plan for his return to work.
Springiscoming12345 · 10/02/2023 18:38
Yes I'm with him all day every day. He's definitely telling the truth. He's on full pay and classed as working but isn't actually doing any work.
It's like they are dragging their heels for some reason.
Quveas · 10/02/2023 21:01
Since he's not on sick pay - in assuming that's what you mean by full pay - then that's up to them. It would take months of withholding work to have any possible way of forcing the issue. He had to be available for work, but if they pay him they don't have to provide work.
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