I badly need some advice to hopefully save my mate from more sleepless nights. He got issued a Stage 1 late last year which he didn't dispute (not that it would have made a blind bit of difference) and nearly made it to 6-months clear of sick when he got the flu. So he went off sick, came back after four days - way too soon - then had to go off again, this time for a week. So he's already sweating on a Stage 2 being issued, and then he didn't show up this morning.
Our caring governor asked me where he is (what am I, his mother? says me)
so I rang him on his mobile later and matey boy's told me his missus may be losing her job and he's sh!tting himself cause they've got debts and a big mortgage. BUT ... Without asking anyone's advice first, he'd already rung in sick just before I got a chance to phone him, saying he's got the trots, which is nearly true, I suppose.
So that's three absences since his Stage 1
Does that mean that once he's been given his Stage 2 interview, they can count absence no3 towards an RTU ? I thought they cannot do that, but I don't want to get his hopes up and look like a numbnut. I don't doubt that his Stage 2 will be issued, cause they seem to be having a purge at the moment and he's not flavour-of-the-month with soppy bollocks at the best of times
I always thought if you go sick between the date of the absence that breaches the standards and the date of the stage interview, it's all counted as part of that particular stage ? He is cacking himself for real over this