I'm not sure if you are aware of my situation, but very quickly, I'm going to have an interview at work next Tuesday (because we are off on half term here in the UK at the moment). I'm being formally given a 'verbal warning' for my sickness record - I've had 3 separate incidents of sickness in 2 months and this has hit the 'trigger points' in the local authority I work for.
My question is: If I completed my application form stating that I DO consider myself to be disabled, but they never followed this up with occupational health appointments etc. is the onus on me to prove my disability, or should they have further investigated after reading my application form to ensure they were happy I was fit for the job?
I understand (now) that if my time off was for 'disability' reasons, then this would not count towards my sickness trigger points. However, I don't know if the school I work for adopts the same Disability policy as the Council in general (I will need to read their manual when I go back to work-but there is insufficient time before my interview). I'm also aware that I should have had regular reviews to ensure things were OK under the Disability Discrimination Act and to see if any 'reasonable adjustments' could be made. I did not know anything about this as I hardly ever see my Line Manager, let alone talk to her!
If anyone in the UK has any advice I would be very grateful to read it. I have been so careful over the years NOT to have time off due to my back issues, that I'm annoyed with myself for hitting the trigger points, but it's something that is unavoidable at times. I had 2 separate days off in March (one of which related to side-effects from the medication I was taking for back/leg pain) and then 3 days off in April, with back pain.
I do hope someone can help me as I'm worried about possibly losing my job in the long term (especially as I'm on the waiting list for a 2-level PLIF). Any comments would be very helpful I'm sure.
Thanks you guys/gals!
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!