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    • cook0891
    • By cook0891 14th Sep 17, 12:28 PM
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    OHU whilst off sick
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    • 14th Sep 17, 12:28 PM
    OHU whilst off sick 14th Sep 17 at 12:28 PM
    Hi.

    I am currently signed off from work for two weeks with anxiety and depression. I have today had a letter asking me to attend an appointment with OHU for whilst I am still on the sick.

    Are they allowed to do this whilst signed off? Also it says I can delay the appointment which is what I am thinking about doing as I just don't feel up to it yet. My medication is just kicking in so I am all over the place. I am sure OHU would help but just don't feel I am up to it mentally yet.

    So two questions really, can they legally ask me to go whilst still signed off and am I within my rights to ask for a delay (I have no issues going at some point)

    Thanks in advance!!!
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    • sangie595
    • By sangie595 14th Sep 17, 12:40 PM
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    Yes they can ask whilst you are off sick. You have no right in law to refuse. Whether it is negotiable depends on the employer - some will suspend sick pay if you don't attend when asked. They can do that. So it really is down to the policy of your own employer
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 14th Sep 17, 1:50 PM
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    The main reason you are off is work related. OH will give you an opportunity to talk about these issues and work with the employer to find a way forward.

    Look at it as a step towards recovery.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 15th Sep 17, 1:54 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 1:54 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 1:54 AM
    If you look at it logically (which I accept can be difficult when you're anxious and depressed), surely the very best time to see the OHU is BEFORE you return to work, ie while you're still signed off?

    I know the only time I've had to see them was when I was off work for a couple of months with a crocked shoulder, and that is not the same, but there would really have been no point going once I was fit to be back at work! They were able to give advice to my employer about temporary adjustments I'd need, and it was very helpful.
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    • cook0891
    • By cook0891 15th Sep 17, 11:40 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 11:40 AM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 11:40 AM
    Thanks for all the replies. I asked my line manager to postpone the meeting and that was fine. Have to say my work (local government) have been very supportive so far. It is now in a few weeks, I doubt I will be back before then so as Sue says will be better to see them before going back full time (hopefully) Thanks again!!!
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