Hi there! I have a question about sickness absence. I've interviewed for a job as a teaching assistant at an independent school, and in the course of the interview it came up (okay, I asked about paid sick days because I have a disability that means I take a few more than others do in the course of a year) that they use something called the Bradford Factor to inform how many paid sick days you get. Basically, after you hit a "trigger point"--the example the principal gave for a TA was 2.5 days--you have a meeting with the principal, at which point it's at his "discretion" whether further sick days will be paid. Research indicates that some employers use the Bradford Factor as a trigger for disciplinary measures and even dismissal. I don't know whether this school uses it this way, though. I have depression--largely well managed, but, as is common, it flares up when I'm physically ill and makes it more likely that I'll need a day to rest when others might struggle in. I take 4-5 sick days a year on average, usually spread out (which scores worse on the Bradford Factor). This place is going to phone me on Monday with their decision. It looks like a really exciting place to work in other ways, with a focus I'm passionate about, a great ethos, and an active and growing Learning Support team. The SENCo and I clicked really well. The principal seemed a decent guy and responded sensitively to my question about sick days. (He could see, because I had disclosed it on the application form in response to a question about it, my history of sickness absence and the long term leave I took in spring 2017). This Bradford thing worries me, though. Has anyone encountered it? Is it a really bad sign? If they give me an offer, should I: A) RUN. RUN FAR AWAY. B) Ask more questions and try to look at the staff handbook before accepting? Is this okay to do? C) Accept based on the positives and figure inquiries about my absence record are likely to happen wherever I work, and disability law will protect me from being too affected by it? Help?