A member of staff contacted me by text message in December to tell me that her adult son (who has had significant medical issues for the last year) was unwell and she would not be attending her job for 2 days. This member of staff has had 6 months off school some of which was compassionate and some of which was sick leave. When the member of staff returned to work after her 2 day absence she was asked to read and sign a return to work form which clearly stated "time off for dependents". She willingly did this and did not query it. Now this member of staff has received her payslip and noticed the pay reduction for her time off she is claiming that she was unwell and therefore she was on sick leave. She claims that she did not read the return to work form and is now demanding that the school pay her. Unfortunately I had deleted the text message which told me the absence was for her son. Any ideas? What should happen now? Do we have to pay even though we believe that the absence was for her son?