An employee fell on ice and broke his collar bone. He was a hard working employee and our client wanted to be as supportive as possible. He exhausted his Company sick pay and, eventually, his Statutory Sick Pay. We advised on the appropriate process, including obtaining access to the employee’s medical records. We met with the employee throughout his period of sickness absence, alongside our client, and when it became clear that the employee would not be fit to return to his original position as a Warehouse Operative, we advised on appropriate reasonable adjustments.
In this case, there were no adjustments our client could make, given the size of the company and the nature of the employee’s role. There were no suitable alternative roles the employee could perform. We had a final meeting with the employee, and his employment was terminated. This case required sensitive handling with a long serving, hard working employee. The employee accepted the decision and we arranged a subsequent visit to enable the employee to say goodbye to his colleagues.