How should I go about returning to work after illness?

If you are off sick, you may not be able to return to your original job straight away. The Disability Discrimination Act 1996 says employers must make 'reasonable adjustments' for workers with disabilities. If your employer is not sympathetic or helpful, you might be better off going to the next meeting with a union rep if you have one, or a fellow worker. You have the right to be accompanied at meetings with management.

Visit workSMART’s Disability Discrimination section for detailed information about your rights.


Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.