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#1 Buttons


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Posted 17 January 2008 - 11:07 PM

Feeling pretty fed up & very stressed.
I had the meeting a school yesterday which was supposed to be about my return to work but it wasn't! They are taking me to a capability hearing in a fortnights time (When I thought I'd be back doing part time). I feel really shocked by this because they said my chances of ill health retirement are virtually nil!
The letter that was sent from OH doctor to them I was told had said he did not think I was ready to go back to work but I have now got copy of this letter & that is not what it says, instead it says that part time of no more than 3 ½ days which is what I told them before that I would wish to do part time.
What surprises me that they are saying I'm not well enough to work but will not support me on IHR.
I do have my union bloke involved but because of length of time I've been off HR & school can do this.
I really think it's because they like the woman who is doing my job at the moment & quite simply the deputy head has stuffed me up.
I could do without this stress.
Also because of the way my consultant is I don't think he would support me on IHR anyway

After all that I still have to pay the bills.

Feeling really dreadful! not sure I can cope with all this.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:29 AM

Hi Jensue,
Hopefully the IHR will come through for you if you can not get your job back. Stress is definately not going to help your current situation but with out money to pay your bills obviously you would worry, everyone would. Try to relax and take one step at a time. Hopefully ti will work out. Please do keep us posted.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 02:59 AM

Hi Jensue, really sorry to hear that you are being treated so badly. I don't know anything about the ed authorities policies, but it would seem that either you are fit to return to part-time teaching (which is what your OH dr letter indicates) and that they have to let you or if you are not you qualify for ill health retirement.
It does sem very unfair

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 04:25 AM

I had a similar situation with my employer, Jensue. I wish I could be more helpful to you, but I never did get approved for ill health retirement. They did, however, keep me on the books until the time of my state retirement age and treated me favourably at that time. During the two years while I was in 'pretend' retirement, I was able to collect full incapacity benefit. After I reached retirement age, I then got my works pension, state pension and pension credit instead of the incapacity benefit. I hope your union will be able to offer you some support. One thing my employer tried for awhile was to accommodate me with a job share opportunity. Unfornately, nobody wanted to do the other half of my week. I know it is very deflating to get news like this, especially when you thought you were ready to go back to work. Like Lisa says, right now just take it one step at a time and try not to stress too much. Big hugs to you.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 06:30 AM

Oh Jensue, I am so sorry!

The corporate world can be so dog eat dog for sure! I used to work as an operations manager for years. I saw this type of thing so often. There is so much dishonesty behind the scenes. I couldn't take it after we had a HUGE corporate take over and the evil really set it. I was out after that, as I couldn't buy into the improper practices.

Hopefully before this is all said and done, it will work out in your favor.

Again I am so sorry. Keep talking with us, it might help you get through all of it.
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:57 AM

Hi Jensue

I agree with the others...try, if you can, to take it a little at a time so the stress does not make you worse.

I have no idea if this is an option for you or not.....do your laws allow for Legal Aid (that's for people on government assistance/disability, for examples). People fill in the paperwork and if they qualify/meet the requirements, then they would be able to get a Legal Aid Lawyer to help fight their battle for them free. It's just a thought, all I could think of that might help?
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 12:47 AM

Firstly can I say thank you for your kind thoughts & messages, at least I can feel support from you .

The letter arrived this morning & the hearing is in 11 days time, it is the deputy head who is stating their case about me, she has been two faced with me in the past so don't trust her at all. My union will be with me & is coming to talk to me & my husband next Tuesday. My OH doctor I think would support me but can't get an appointment before the hearing & in his last letter to HR he asked to kept informed about the outcome of the meeting with the head.
I now think that the new head decided before the meeting that he did not wnt me at the school!
I feel sad & angry that my 30 year teaching career is about to end in this way especially when I have given it my all in time, hard work & to the detriment of my health!

So feel very sick today, can't eat, haven't slept & keep wondering what else I could do and would any one actually want to employ me ever again.
I also have the stress test on Monday & see general practitioner on Tuesday & have got nerve conduction tests on Thursday! What a week!

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 12:46 PM

Never seems to fail that when we need to de-stress it's an impossible week filled with dr appts, testing & such! I'm really sad for you that you're going through this. Back in 2003 I was rejected by the disability ins. co because they didn't want to pay & cause was the dr didn't fill out the paperwork "enough". It took a few years, but I've made it through the rough time and you will too. I have to think there is always a reason for what we endure and a lesson to be learned however bitter. Try some deep breathing when you feel the stress stressing you out & see if a little O2 doesn't come to the rescue! I find that it does settle me down to remember to breathe! Wish I could make all well in your world! I would if I could! ;)
Soft hugs your way,


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Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:02 AM

Jensue, I feel so bad that you've been gooing through this... being ill is difficult enough... then factoring in THIS... you poor thing :unsure:

I don't know if you would have a discrimination situation, or not. However, I hope that your union is knowledgeable/supportive by the hearing. From all that you have stated, I really believe all should be in your favor... in that you would receive the ill retirement and not need to stress about working in an environment such as that... any longer.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 03:06 AM

Hi Jensue this happened to me before the holidays thought I was doing a return to work o be told that they were taking a unit from and reducing my hours down to 10 a week I was not amused said they wanted a letter from my doctor I phoned my doctor and she went mad go back she said and tell them its discrimination so I did my manager said I ont like that word I replied you may not but that is what it is I still have my 20 hours but no unit it fell in to place after she had a new team leader and needed a uni for him and then could not justify my hours so she was trying to ease me out said that HR have given me three weeks I said are you telling me that I cannot go sick with in the three weeks as no one can say they won't as we do not know she couldn't answer and told me to ring HR since then she has been all over me like a rash but I am being very wary she won't be pleased as I phoned in sick today but when you have Sclero you just do not know I have given her information on my condition and she never read it all the colleagues I work with did and the spoon theary those that read the spoon theary I gave a spoon to for them to wear they are very supportive so I will just have to see what happens next I take things on a daily basis and I think she realises that I wil not be bullied into doing what I do not want to do unless it is at the doctors advice mmy manager even lets me take my little dog to work I work in a residentail home so the love it but how things changed after saying that one word D iscrimination against me because of my illness hope things get better for you Lynn

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 05:01 AM

have spoken to local union guy & he has passed on my case now to regional offices. There might be a case because possibly they haven't followed absence procedure & they have taken the OH doctors letter In a completely different way to how everyone else has read it.
I feel that the authority has let me down, and to a certain extent I'm being discriminated against because the meeting I had asked for was about what hours etc they would let me do! But it wasn't! Just told me they where taking me to this hearing. They would not even wait 2 days until I'd OH doctor again because they must finish me by end of February or have to wait until end of May. This is because of teachers resignation dates.

So I'm not feeling too good at present and beginning to wonder if I could get IHR but everything I read seems to point to it being very unlikely.

I just hate the I'm feeling at the moment but can't lift myself up from it all. still have another week of this before hearing & its driving me mad.

My reflux is much worse along with the aches, pains & tiredness and I've already lost about 1/2 stone in a few days!

I do want to thank everyone for their kind comments its good to know that at least someone is out there.