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Re: Work absence
Posted by David mc on 15/7/2017, 21:14:06, in reply to "Work absence "
It's important to avoid the absence management procedure moving up the scale of concern. Ongoing monitoring of your attendance at work can put your job in peril if it doesn't improve or you are unable to provide a plausible explanation so don't ignore this. I have considerable experience of this type of issue and would advise you to inform your employers at this meeting that you have Coeliac disease and that it may constitutes a disability due to its effects when you are glutened. Ask to be referred to your Occupational Health officer and for him to report back to your bosses. You have no control over the symptoms if you are glutened and are too ill to attend work. It's not your fault that you have a condition that affects your ability to work. Coeliac disease could be determined to be a disability as the effects of the condition have a substantial effect on you due to the impact on continence. The determination of disability is based on how you would be affected if you're not on medication, IE gluten free foods. That's what happens when you are glutened and why you have had absences from work. Mentioning disability to your bosses is likely to make them think twice before sanctioning you in any way. Suggest referral to Occupational Health to report back to your bosses. Feel free to come back to me.