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Help! 2 Medical appointments Employer saying i have to take them as unpaid leave is this right???

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by donut gal, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Hi there.

    Hope someone can answer this one quickly as rather worried. I told my Head that I have to attend 2 medical appointments in London ( 150 miles from where I live). I have just received an email from the Head to say that I will have to request these days as unpaid leave. I have had to attend other medical appointments over the last 5 years occasionally and have never been asked to take these as unpaid leave. In the meeting when i told my Head about the appointments I said I was happy to make the time up, something that I can do as I am only part time and only work 3 hrs on those days anyway. Is this really right? Do I have to take a medical appointment as unpaid leave? I tried to get them on my day off but the specialist is only in London on Mondays otherwise they are 400 miles away from me.
    help very worried.
     
  2. Hi there.

    Hope someone can answer this one quickly as rather worried. I told my Head that I have to attend 2 medical appointments in London ( 150 miles from where I live). I have just received an email from the Head to say that I will have to request these days as unpaid leave. I have had to attend other medical appointments over the last 5 years occasionally and have never been asked to take these as unpaid leave. In the meeting when i told my Head about the appointments I said I was happy to make the time up, something that I can do as I am only part time and only work 3 hrs on those days anyway. Is this really right? Do I have to take a medical appointment as unpaid leave? I tried to get them on my day off but the specialist is only in London on Mondays otherwise they are 400 miles away from me.
    help very worried.
     
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Lead commenter

    If it's an LA school, speak to HR at the LA and ask what the ruling is for medical appontments.
     
  4. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    And, if not happy, tell your Union and ask for advice.

    BTW if you really have to take it as unpaid leave, I wonder if, at a later date, you might be tempted to take a 'duvet' day or two...I know I would - and think how your HT had brought it upon himself....
     
  5. coppull

    coppull New commenter

    We also assume you will not in the future be giving up your free time to take part in non-contractual activities.[​IMG]
     
  6. dusty67

    dusty67 New commenter

    According to my HR department leave for medical appointments should be unpaid, and this in in line with every non-teaching member of my family/friends working conditions. So how on earth would the head teacher be bringing in on himself by applying the correct LA policy? Are you suggesting that the head owes the OP a day off?

    Its this type of "advice" that gives public sector workers a bad name in the press/private sector. I bet you wouldn't be taking a duvet day if you had the pay and conditions that apply to many others, where the first three days off sick are unpaid.
     

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