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Leaving work due to health. How much notice must I give? Will it be classed as early retirement?

sashamarsh Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited November 2022 in Work and employment
Hello, I am a 27 year old primary school teacher. I have suffered with my lung health for the last couple of years. I think teaching is adding to the stress upon my lungs and am thinking I need to leave the profession. I realise I would have to give a whole terms notice according to my contract. Would this be the same case if I feel I need to leave due to health reasons? Would this be classed as early retirement even if I'm not anywhere near retirement age?


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,272 Disability Gamechanger
    You should never just leave work without getting some expert advice from some where like ACAS. If you're entitled to SSP then your employer should also pay this for 28 weeks but you'll need a fit note.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,507 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @sashamarsh :) I'm sorry to hear that your job is worsening your health, as I can imagine that'd put you in a difficult situation.

    Have you spoken to your employer about how your health has been affected, to see if there are any adjustments they could put in place to make things more manageable for you? I know it's not always easy to discuss this. 

    As poppy123456 has said, it'd also probably be worth getting in touch with an organisation like ACAS for expert advice on this.

    If you decide that you'd like to seek alternative employment, you might like to look into accessing one of our employment services.

    Have you spoken to your doctor about your lung health, and how it's been affecting you?
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    It all depends on your employer if they will accept a reduced notice period have a look if they have a policy on medical dismissal.  Tho this normally applicable to long term absence with no indication of a return in near future 

    Due to this it may be advisable to go off sick and get paid sick pay 

    I would also advise getting referred to oh for a work place assessment they can then make recommendations about adjustments or future employment 

    It wouldn't be classed as early retirement that is very hard to get especially at such a young age you would have to evidence you are not fit to work in any capacity for the rest of your working age 

    If you are in a union seek advice from them 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @sashamarsh

    I'm just commenting to check in and see how you are? :) 
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