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    • Kellison
    • By Kellison 8th May 18, 3:11 PM
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    Losing driving license on medical grounds
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    • 8th May 18, 3:11 PM
    Losing driving license on medical grounds 8th May 18 at 3:11 PM
    Hi all,

    I'm just after a bit of advice as I'm struggling to find out any information online.

    Basically I've lost my license on medical grounds after blacking out, this is currently under investigation. I'm unsure where I stand with my employer, I'm an area manager and have worked for the company for nearly 3 years but really don't know where I stand with my job role, salary etc?

    Any info you guys have would help before I go to HR.
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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 8th May 18, 3:13 PM
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    Capability may kick in. Are you capable of doing your job without a driving licence?
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 8th May 18, 3:17 PM
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    Capability may kick in. Are you capable of doing your job without a driving licence?
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    Pretty much this.

    You will be expected to do your job.

    Can you get taxi's if needed? Hiow much driving for your job do you do? You are in the place to know how accomodating they are likely to be, but at the end of the day if you cant/wont(absort the cost of taxis) then they can get rid of you if they want.

    How long is this likely may be a major factor.
    • Kellison
    • By Kellison 8th May 18, 3:39 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 3:39 PM
    I do live quite remote so taxi's etc aren't really an option. This is where it could get interesting but I don't have a contract. I used to be a manager and was promoted to area manger but was never given a contract to sign after the job role change.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 8th May 18, 3:49 PM
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    If you work and your employer pays you, you have a contract, but in your case (and many others) it is not a written one. By continuing working and accepting payment you are deemed to have accepted any changes in your employment.

    It is your responsibility to get yourself to work, so if you cannot attend work, your employer could dismiss you on the grounds of non attendance or unauthorised absence.
    Last edited by lincroft1710; 08-05-2018 at 3:52 PM.
    • TonyMMM
    • By TonyMMM 8th May 18, 3:55 PM
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    A member of my team was in a similar position a few years ago - we managed to put in place a combination of working from home and lifts from other staff (mainly me) to get him to/from work for a few months until he got the all clear to drive again.

    You will need understanding HR people and colleagues who are prepared to accommodate you, otherwise it could be difficult.
    • Kellison
    • By Kellison 8th May 18, 4:01 PM
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    If you work and your employer pays you, you have a contract, but in your case (and many others) it is not a written one. By continuing working and accepting payment you are deemed to have accepted any changes in your employment.

    It is your responsibility to get yourself to work, so if you cannot attend work, your employer could dismiss you on the grounds of non attendance or unauthorised absence.
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    The neurologist did ask me how long I'd worked for the company and mentioned that my salary would be protected?
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 8th May 18, 4:02 PM
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    Have you non working partner, retired relative or friend who could act as a chauffeur when needed?
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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 8th May 18, 4:10 PM
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    The neurologist did ask me how long I'd worked for the company and mentioned that my salary would be protected?
    Originally posted by Kellison
    If whatever has cause your blackouts is classed as a disability then your employer is duty bound to make changes to your work, workplace or work station to accommodate this where practicable.

    However if the employer is unable to implement changes, for financial or business reasons, they cannot be forced to make changes. They certainly are not obliged to provide transport for you from your home to work.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 8th May 18, 4:16 PM
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    I had a few seizures some years ago and was told by the neurologist that anyone who has anything like this is not allowed to drive for a year
    • Ozzuk
    • By Ozzuk 8th May 18, 4:20 PM
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    Obvious question you haven't answered, can your job be done from home? Not will they allow you, but it is even possible (some jobs can't).

    If the answer is no, then there isn't much your company can do - maybe they'd pay for taxi if they are really accommodating or you add significant value, but otherwise it doesn't look good for you.
    • Xbigman
    • By Xbigman 8th May 18, 4:35 PM
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    Everyone here is guessing. The only way you will get any real information is to talk to your employer. Their reaction could be anything. Good luck.



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    • soolin
    • By soolin 8th May 18, 5:49 PM
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    The neurologist did ask me how long I'd worked for the company and mentioned that my salary would be protected?
    Originally posted by Kellison
    However good a neurologist is he is unlikely to be a specialist in employment law. I'm not even entirely sure what he means by having your salary 'protected'
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 8th May 18, 5:55 PM
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    Best case scenario is you get a diagnosis of the cause , which may give you an instant all clear to drive.

    Worse case scenario is them being unable to pinpoint the exact cause
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    • Kellison
    • By Kellison 8th May 18, 6:02 PM
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    Thanks for the replies all, I've a meeting with HR tomorrow.
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 8th May 18, 6:57 PM
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    Good luck with HR. Until you have a diagnosis nobody can say with certainly how long you will have to wait to get you licence back. I do however think the suggestion that the licence would be returned immediately upon diagnosis is being somewhat optimistic.
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