rangtwice wrote:Can anybody shed light on this for me please...
I have been suffering a knee injury at work since April 2016, it's taken until now to get to the stage where i need an operation. Whilst the management have been lenient with me by moving days off for hospital appointments etc,it has come to my attention that to attend these appointments you are not obliged to use your days off.
Is it also the case when suffering a long term ailment, you are classed as temporarily disabled?
In relation to hospital appointments where you would have to fit in with the consultants surgery hours which could prove difficult in relation to your own working time then special leave can be requested to assist you in attending these hospital appointment depending on the regularity of appointments. RM could stipulate that the time off in hours be clawed back or utilised in your annual leave entitlement but what they have done in your case is to allow you to change your day off to attend which is better than have to dig in to your annual leave or repay the hours back.
The equality act 2010 definition of disability is that your " disability" is long term and impairs you from carrying out day to day functions that an otherwise " healthy" person would not suffer any impairment. Having suffered this condition for period of 12 months could be classed as disabled to be assessed by an Occupational Health specialist noting the percentage degree of disability.