Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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Furlough

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LaughingLolly
LaughingLolly Community member Posts: 100 Pioneering
edited June 2020 in Work and employment
Hi,

Even though I had not done any shifts for a year I was offered a furlough package by my work. I did not take it as I had wanted to leave due to feeling I was just too unwell to work, slightly paranoid about everything, anxious, unsupported and lacking confidence about protecting my immune system. Being able to do 3 shifts a year  didn't feel worth it when it results in the DWP constantly checking up on you to make sure you're not doing extra hours you're not declaring (even though I work for a registered charity and that would never happen!) So, I did not. 

However, I feel my circumstances might change soon and I might get shifted on to Univeral Credit as a result. If I later decided to accept the furlough (They said I could change my mind at any point) then would I be forced back to work when they feel it's safe? I would only want to go if I felt safe. I have four of the predisposing factors which mean I'm at higher risk of dying from COVID so I am feeling rather nervous about this plus I had already asked to resign (which they didn't act upon) because previous to COVID I felt I could not protect my immune system in their environment. 

I'm mainly asking if people accepting a furlough package also have to accept going back to work when they say you must because you've now accepted the package? 
A laugh a day keeps the psychiatrist at bay. 
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  • Denise11
    Denise11 Community member Posts: 99 Pioneering
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    Hi!
    If you are being furloughed and you are at high risk your employers know and would understand.  Therefore, you could ask your GP to give you a sickness certificate until you or your GP felt it was safe for you to return.  And the fact that your employer  has said that if you change  you mind about being furloughed shows that they want you back, which shows you are a valued employee!  You should feel very proud of yourself for that.  
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @LaughingLolly Welcome to the community its great to have you on board and I hope the advice given has been of use to you and answered your question.

    If there is anything else you want help with just ask if not look forward to seeing you around
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