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Title: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: RayofSunshine on 04-07-19, 07:10PM
Hello

I have a absence review meeting comming up soon.

Page 14 of the Sickness and Absence Policy says
"You’re not entitled to be accompanied by legal representatives or family members (unless they also work for Tesco), with the exception of colleagues under 16 years old or those with a specific need for such a representative (e.g. those with special needs or learning difficulties).  In these circumstances and in addition to the recognised representative, we will ask for a parent or guardian to accompany and support you. "

I have been diagnosed with Autism and a Learning Disability.

So I spoke to my people mananger and she offered me another manager to act as my supporter, since my parents are out of the country.

I am not sure I feel comfortable with this...am I correct in understanding that in addition top the manager acting as supporter I am entitled to have a parent or gurdian there?
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: genome on 04-07-19, 08:39PM
do you have a support worker?
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: Ssdd on 04-07-19, 08:40PM
You should ask for it to be set to another date when your parent is available
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: Walker on 04-07-19, 08:50PM
What would help you through the meeting?

Tesco has an obligation to make reasonable adjustments.

This might be delaying the meeting, allowing a friend or colleague to attend, or allowing a support worker, colleague, professional, or charitable volunteer to support you.
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: RayofSunshine on 04-07-19, 09:37PM
I do not have a support worker

My parents are not avaliable until the 28th.Postponing it will go over the 8 day limit.

Tesco has offered another manager to provide support, but I am not sure how I feel about this.  Is the policy says that in addition to this manager I can have my parent/guardian there?

I would rather have my mum there

Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: NightAndDay on 04-07-19, 10:26PM
If this is your first attendance review meeting, I wouldn't worry as you can't be dismissed for it. It will be a quick way to get dismissed though if further absences happen (unless you get a sicknote for the absences, in which case, they'll follow through with the RTW's and the ARM's but they legally can't discipline you.)
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: RayofSunshine on 04-07-19, 11:10PM
i am not worried about being dismissed, I would like Tesco to make reasonable adjustments so that I can attend
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: optout on 05-07-19, 12:00AM
call here:


The Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: Redshoes on 05-07-19, 04:12AM
Does the manager attending have special training or has experience with autism in or outside of work?
You can open and adjourn the meeting and state that you want your mum to attend.  They can't ask you to go beyond time scales but if they open and adjourn that is your way of doing so.
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: lucgeo on 05-07-19, 08:06AM
Do you have a union rep....this is not a suggestion to have a rep in place of your mum, but to ask the rep to support in regard of arranging an adjournment of the meeting for a later date when your mum can attend.

If you don't have a rep, then it's not a biggie, just ask for a colleague to attend with you, to witness the initial meeting, when you ask for the meeting to be adjourned to a later date so your mum can attend.
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: madness on 06-07-19, 01:28AM
If your parents are out of the country who is looking after you just now?
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: genome on 06-07-19, 03:57AM
The fact he can work shows he doesn't need constant looking after. But for stressful situations requirements change.
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: RayofSunshine on 06-07-19, 09:39AM
I can look after myself, Tesco is my part time job, I am also a University student..
I do not need looking after, I just work with alot of people who use lots of metaphors and figures of speech. (I usually understand things literally)

ACAS said that they could skype my parents while they are away, and this would be a reasonable adjustment.

Tesco said that would be recording the meeting, they will wait indefinitely until my parents are available
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: lucgeo on 06-07-19, 10:22AM
Win win... :thumbup:
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: Slave64 on 06-07-19, 03:21PM
Hi can anyone tell me how long I would get full sick pay, I'm with the company over 30 years a good timekeeper but recovering from an operation I'm off twelve weeks now, is it 16 weeks full pay?
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: wizard on 06-07-19, 03:48PM
Yes I had 16 weeks full pay after an op with over 30 years service
Title: Re: Sickness Policy Question
Post by: Slave64 on 06-07-19, 05:50PM
Thank you