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Termination post-medical leave: When is it okay?

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HC Online | 30 Jul 2013, 12:02 AM Agree 0
Employers are often unclear how to approach terminating an employee who has returned from prolonged sick leave, but a recent case highlights the best practice.
  • HR/ER query | 30 Jul 2013, 05:28 PM Agree 0
    There is this employee who has been off work, his currently under the workers comp. The doctor is saying that he can't lift more than 1 kg, the employees job is General Hand/ Trade Assistant. Which I think would elimate all tasks in this role. Now his area Manager wants him back at work to remove stickers all day. The employee is in a lot of pain, injections have not worked, therapy doesn't work either now his seeing a specialist to see if it requires operating on. Is this employee being treated fair. If not why?
  • Cathy | 31 Jul 2013, 01:40 PM Agree 0
    It may eliminate all tasks "in this role" but what about other work. Is there anything meaningful he can do in another area of the business? Training or administration perhaps. The key is to find something meaningful, not just "removing stickers all day" which would have a negative impact on his psychological health. If the employer genuinely can not provide meaningful duties, most insurers would try to source a host employer to provide suitable duties and then bring them back to their employer when capacity increases.
  • HR/ER query | 31 Jul 2013, 01:49 PM Agree 0
    The employer asked this employee to wash a car this morning. As a result his hand and arm flared up and now his in extreme pain... The doctor said he can return to normal duties, but can't lift 2kgs or more... So washing a work car has caused further problems. It has been recommended that he goes back to the doctor today to be assessed. He also has an appointment to see the surgeon, so my question is he fit to return to normal duties if his going to the surgeon..
  • HR/ER query | 31 Jul 2013, 01:50 PM Agree 0
    This employee has no knowledge of computers and has only received Year 8 education. What can they do with him?
  • Heather | 05 Aug 2013, 05:34 PM Agree 0
    Try using 'safe' chemicals and gloves. Jobs should also be interesting as far as possible, perhaps break up the job with other similiar level tasks.
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