Last reply 6 months ago
Supportive Employer

I’m quite shocked that an HR representative from my employer called me yesterday just to see how I’m doing & ask if there are any accommodations I need for my job! What a wonderful surprise & such a wonderful company to work for!!

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vixen
6 months ago

Hello @rmdaniels, how lovely that you have great support! As they seem very ‘right on’ why don’t you ask for an Occupational Health Assessment: this might be useful for the future if you need to ask for any reasonable adjustments. 🙂


highlander
6 months ago

@rmdaniels
I hope you asked them for a private jet.
Or better still a decent internet connection, you can work from home more easily.
Joking aside, that was rather thoughtful of them, at least it shows they care.
My old company just wanted to put me on a disaplinary for taking to many sick days.


rmdaniels
6 months ago

@vixen
Thank you for your reply! Yes, I couldn’t think of anything I needed, we’ll, outside of the private jet of course, Hee hee! @highlander
What is an occupational health assessment? I’m in the US, but I wonder if that would be available here…even if not through my employer…does anyone know? Can you tell me any more about it?


rmdaniels
6 months ago

@highlander
That’s how most companies here do it…try to give you the boot. My sister has lupus & was fired from her job for being out sick too much. I was SO stressed & I actually cried when they sent me the request for a call with HR. Thankfully it was a pleasant surprise!


keeleybrown
6 months ago

I wish mine was as supportive although they did help me going through the process to begin with and were positive for my return to work but once back in and settled it was apparent that I couldn’t keep up with the pace anymore.. Although I thought I was coping quite well and completing nearly all of my tasks etc you could clearly see that my boss wasn’t happy with it always pushing for more and more infact he caused my sick days more than the condition itself. One day he was so mad that in a fit of anger he fired me on the spot and was told to leave not to return. I’m now left with £11 a week to live on and have a 10 year old boy who lives with me fulltime plus my MS to deal with too. Thanks


highlander
6 months ago

@rmdaniels
I found this ref occupational health state side.
Hope it gives you a few pointers.

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/safety-health


sfrox
6 months ago

HI @rmdaniels and what was your answer? How *are* you doing? You were DX in February 2019 right? Sometimes it takes a while to hit an even keel after a relapse. Hope you’re taking great care of yourself and all the best.


lilbird
6 months ago

@rmdaniels it’s nice to hear positive employer stories just so we all know it’s a possibility 😊

@keeleybrown surely there’s a case to be heard for unfair dismissal there? I realise that doesn’t help in the short term but it certainly doesn’t seem right. Sorry to hear you’ve been put in such an impossible situation, are you able to claim benefits while you get things sorted?


melissamayhew
6 months ago

I sat down with my Director and drafted a 504 today. The hardest thing was being honest with myself about things I could and couldn’t do. But, I’m glad I didn’t have to ask about accommodations and they were offered.


keeleybrown
6 months ago

@lilbird no it doesn’t and I’m on with it .. There are no benefits for ms sufferers I’ve had to wait 5 weeks for any kind of payment (uc) and with that I’m only left with £11 a week to live on and have a child at home (single father) ..


rmdaniels
6 months ago

@keeleybrown
I agree with @lilbird. It seems like surely there must be some legal recourse. My sister has lupus & was fired from her job, also with two small children. I can only imagine the difficulty of your situation. I hope you have faith, friends & family for encouragement in the face of these trials. I’ll certainly keep you in my thoughts & prayers.


rmdaniels
6 months ago

@sfrox
Thank you for your reply! I can’t think of anything I need that I’ve not already been
Provided…my boss cut my travel schedule back from 3 weeks a month to one week a month which has helped a lot, it allows me to work from home most of the time, which allows me to keep working. I just don’t think I could get ready & go to an office every day. I’m doing well… trying to only think about one day at a time but mentally preparing for the worst case scenario with this beast. How about you my friend???


rmdaniels
6 months ago

@melissamayhew
Are you a student? That must surely be tough! It’s calming & healing in a way, I think, just knowing you have that support from your Director. Best of luck my friend!


katherineee
6 months ago

That’s sounds lovely!! ☺️ Really good to hear a positive post about employment x

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