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Hi there, looking for a bit of advice.

 

I was recently off work for 3 months due to some personal problems. I was in contact with work throughout about coming back to work when they eventually sent a Occupational Heath Nurse to my house to asses me. She recommend that i return to work on a 'short phase return'. which i was willing and happy about.

 

Week 1 - 4 hours per week

Week 2 - 6 hours per week

Week 3 - 8 hours per week (normal)

 

A couple of months after starting back i was asked into the office by HR. Where they stated i owed the hours back due to the short phase return. I was gobsmacked but didnt say anything as i thought it was most probably my misunderstanding and read the letter incorrectly. They said i had 3 moths to work the 30 odd hours back. There is nothing in the letter indicating i had to work the hours back, nothing that even implies it.

 

Where do i stand with this?

 

Do i have to work the hours back?

 

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

 

C

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I was off work myself recently and also had a phased return, you need to get your attendance management guidance from your HR, or ask your line mamager to provide it, i personally went to my union fo rhelp with mine. i can recommend you contacting ACAS they deal with all employment issues. hope this helps.

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There is nothing within my contract

 

i was on full sick pay

 

Is there contractual provision for this?

How much (a proportionate amount of your salary or full pay?) were you paid during your SPR?

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Was you in the same position?

 

did you have to work the hours back?

 

I was off work myself recently and also had a phased return, you need to get your attendance management guidance from your HR, or ask your line mamager to provide it, i personally went to my union fo rhelp with mine. i can recommend you contacting ACAS they deal with all employment issues. hope this helps.
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Hi no but it was in my attendance management that i could have full pay for 6 months, half pay for 6 months, then no pay, i could also have a phased return under part time medical grounds, there is nothing in our attendance management that says i have to work it back. i woudl ring ACAS and see what they say, do you have a union where you work?

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I wonder if it would be worthwhile considering it from the perspective that the phased return to work was a reasonable adjustment for your condition/health problem - as required under the equality act, assuming your condition meets the description of a disability within the act. To request you work hours back would clearly be outside the realms of the original reasonable adjustment and not enforceable.

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Hi,

 

Indeed, get in touch with HR and request a written reason for their request... These recommendations were formulated by your OH, which should have, or has, sent a copy of their report to your employer, including the recommendation about a phased return to work... Seems like a very unreasonable request!

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Hi,

 

Indeed, get in touch with HR and request a written reason for their request... These recommendations were formulated by your OH, which should have, or has, sent a copy of their report to your employer, including the recommendation about a phased return to work... Seems like a very unreasonable request!

 

Thanks for the reply.I have a copy of the report which states the phased return but there is nothing about the hours need to be worked back.There is also nothing in my contract.Its like going to buy a car and then a couple of months later they gat back in touch and say 'oh by the way you owe us another grand'Just sums the company up.Basically now i want to go into HR/Payrol and tell them i am not intending on working the hours back. Is this advisable at this stage and how should i approach this matter.Thanks in advance.C

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Hence you have to request HR to justify their demands made upon you.

 

You could always get n touch with the OH officer and request that he defines his/her recommendations on terms of phased return to work.

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Hence you have to request HR to justify their demands made upon you.

 

You could always get n touch with the OH officer and request that he defines his/her recommendations on terms of phased return to work.

 

The phase return was suggested and i took it. The issue is that there was nothing within the report or letter that stated i would have to work my hours back. The reson why it was suggested i do a phased return is irrelevant, surely or am i missing something.Its like me paying for car and then getting a bill 2 months later for another grand but there is nothing in the small print.I want to tell my HR manager that i am not going to work my hours back, what is the correct way to do this?Thanks in Advance

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