I have a wee problem close to home and need some objective thoughts.
My wife works in a clerical post with the Civil Service. She has suffered from ME for about 30 years but her attendance has not been bad except for a period of a few weeks about 3 or 4 years ago. However having been off for a few days recently her manager arranged a meeting with her yesterday and she was given a written warning for her absence.
My wife has had 6 days absence over three episodes in the past year. I have worked in the Private Sector and currently work within NHS in Scotland and I was completely taken by surprise.
Can you tell me if this seems reasonable? We certainly plan to appeal it.
In the past my wife was given extra days allowance for sickness due to her medical condition. However her manager has said that as she has managed without the extra days for the past few years HR have said she should not be given them. I would have thought that would have been a reasonable adjustment.
When she had the long term absence a few years ago she was referred to an OH doctor who agreed with her GP that she needed more time off. However she was told by management that if she did not return to work immediately she would attend a meeting where a decision would be made which could lead to her dismissal. She therefore returned to work not fully recovered.
I have seen my wife go into work on days when she has not been well and feel this is a harsh reward for all her efforts.
Can you please give me an unbiased view?