Burning Question: ‘Can my employer send me home from work sick?’

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‘Can my employer send me home from work sick?’

An employer has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment.

If you are clearly unwell and not fit for work then it is reasonable for them to send you home on sick leave for your own protection as well as the protection of others.

This may also be the case if you have had contact with a notifiable (infectious) disease even if you have no symptoms.

This absence should be classed as a ‘medical suspension’ and should not affect your pay or sickness absence records (check your local agreement).

If you feel you have been treated unfairly regarding sickness absence, you should speak to your CSP steward or safety rep.

If you do not have a rep, contact the CSP. Tel: 020 7306 6666 This is intended as general information only and does not replace individual advice

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