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Furlough while on sick leave

Ems81 Member Posts: 20 Connected
I'm looking for some advice and hope someone can help. 

I have been off work since January 2019 due to surgery on both knees, I am now disabled due to complications and chronic pain. 
I received SSP for 12 months and this then stopped so I claimed ESA as my employer doesn't pay sick pay. The ESA payments will stop in July.
During my time off I have been paid holiday pay on a monthly basis by my employer. The amount is exactly the same each month as I get paid pro rata. In April the holiday pay amount dropped by exactly 80% so I presumed I had been furloughed. I was not told this by my employer and have recieved no correspondence with regards to furlough and have not signed anything. Is this right, should I have been told that I have been furloughed? 
I have had no contact from my employer since I have been off. Ì have completed my obligations as an employee throughtout and sent my fit for work notes and updates on my progress but I have never had a reply. 
My employer has finally contacted me this week and said that due to the length of my absence they need to assess if I am fit to return to work which may involve an occupational health assessment. I understand this but I feel thoroughly let down by my employer and feel like I have had no support at all during the time I have been off. 
I am not fit enough to fulfil the duties of my role so I know that I will not pass any health assessments. Would it be best if I resign? 
I'm a bit confused and also suffering depression and severe anxiety which my employer also knows as I have also kept them up to date with my mental health struggles. 
If anybody could please give me any advice with regards to my employers obligations to me with regards to furlough I would greatly appreciate it. And also what my next move should be in my response to my employers contact this week. 
Many thanks 


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,832 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community, I am not too sure about the furlough side of it but no you shouldn't resign. You should go through the assessment with OH and the company policy and procedure for medical dismissal or ill health retirement dependant on the outcome. 

    If you resign it could affect your entitlement to further benefits and also some companies pay a severance payment for medical dismissal. 

    I suggest you ask the company for a copy of the policy
  • Ems81
    Ems81 Member Posts: 20 Connected
    Thank you so much for your reply @janer1967
    I have done a bit of research today and I think I will go through with the occupational health assessment and just do what I'm supposed to as an employee. 
    I'm still confused about the furlough side of things but hopefully I'll get some answers somewhere.
    Thanks again,
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,832 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi again  sorry I dont have the answer about furlough have you tried contacting CAB or maybe Acas 

    I have dealt with lots medical dismissals etc as a human resource manager so if you need any further help just ask 
  • Ems81
    Ems81 Member Posts: 20 Connected
    No I haven't contacted them but I will do with your recommendation. 

    Thank you so much for your help 


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