I recently had a period of time off work through stress. I had 6 weeks off, both myself and my GP agreed that I could go back after 6 weeks. It took a further 3 weeks for work to do the return to work meeting, OH, etc. They knew the date I was due back plus I was emailing asking about my return to work so it wasn’t a surprise. I have just applied for another position and I was shown the reference. He has left the chart about characteristics/qualities completely blank. He has written I had a long term absence and this has meant i’ve had no evidenced impact in my current role. I would disagree. Plus, 6 weeks (as I don’t think counting the last 3 week is fair) is not, in my view, long term. I’m phoning the union tomorrow but can anyone offer any advice please?