Occupational Health referral

TheLordFlasheart
TheLordFlasheart Member Posts: 302
edited 15. Jun 2016, 14:01 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi,

So im taking the day off work due to bad flare up of my OA, called into work to see if I can be reffered to OH to see if adjustments can be made to reduce time off work, as im an office worker so am sitting down for upto 7 hours (I take as many breaks as I can).

The impression I got from my manager is one off been fobbed over for a referral, but would speak to HR "to see if anything can be done" (these were her words).

Is there anything I can do, OH may not be needed but I want to try and reduce taking off time from work as much as possible.

TLF
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  • Popsmith1874
    Popsmith1874 Member Posts: 29
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi there your quite right and your manager should be more helpful ,dont let him fob you off as its your right,hope you get on alright
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,327
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    According to the government website 'An employer has to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid you being put at a disadvantage compared to non-disabled people in the workplace. For example, adjusting your working hours or providing you with a special piece of equipment to help you do the job.' https://www.gov.uk/rights-disabled-person/employment
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  • TheLordFlasheart
    TheLordFlasheart Member Posts: 302
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    According to the government website 'An employer has to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to avoid you being put at a disadvantage compared to non-disabled people in the workplace. For example, adjusting your working hours or providing you with a special piece of equipment to help you do the job.' https://www.gov.uk/rights-disabled-person/employment

    May have to bring that up, going to see Citizens Advice tomorrow after work and see what they say.

    Would my condition come under the Equality act 2010?
    "Stoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast"
  • Ladybrown
    Ladybrown Member Posts: 130
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    My understanding is that arthritis does come under the Equality Act - particularly once you declare yourself as having a disability to your employer.
    They have a duty of care to send you to the OH
  • TheLordFlasheart
    TheLordFlasheart Member Posts: 302
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Just been to see Citizens Adivce, and I am indeed fully covered under Equalities Act 2010, and my employer already knows about my OA, so will again be pushing for OH referral and speaking to HR direct.
    "Stoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast"
  • TheLordFlasheart
    TheLordFlasheart Member Posts: 302
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    **Update**

    Spoke to my TM and HR have advised I get a workplace assesment completed and will go on from there, which should be done tomorrow.

    One extra worry is 3 more sick absence and it triggers a discinplinary (5 sick absence in a 12 month period is the trigger, so far I've had 2). My manager said not to worry, but I am as I dont know when my next flare up will be.
    "Stoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast"