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Old 05.09.2015, 12:17
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I am on long term sick leave, signed off by the doctor. However, my boss keeps contacting me asking when I am back, but it's stressing me out. Can she do this?
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I am on long term sick leave, signed off by the doctor. However, my boss keeps contacting me asking when I am back, but it's stressing me out. Can she do this?
I guess the question is have you given her any indication when you may be returning to work? Is the doctor's note limited in time?

I don't think it is unreasonable for your boss to want to have an idea of when you may be returning to work. However, when you have told her it would be unreasonable to keep harassing you. This being said, I would think that you would also have an obligation to keep her updated on any changes to your expected return date.

Let's face it, you are not on vacation and the company (I assume) is continuing to pay you. They have a business to run and they have to plan so they are entitled to some basic info.
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If you told her that you will let her know as soon as you yourself know, would that not stop her?
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Re: Sickness

They do have information, and the sick is time limited.
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Old 05.09.2015, 13:47
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Re: Sickness

I would simply clearly state via email or post that as per your doctor's certifiate, you are on sick leave until x date, or until a doctor's appointment to review on x date... and you will keep them informed, and make sure you simply update them when you have said you would.

The employer could be genuinely concerned about you and wanting to 'keep you in the loop' or 'checking up on you' or they could be bugging you in the hope that it will get you back to work sooner.

You can always block the calls or ignore the emails, if you have already clearly communicated.

Some of my colleagues work in Switzerland without any family support and they are quite isolated. We do feel some level of obligation to making sure they have contact with the outside world and don't become completely cut off...and if they don't turn up to work or are sick at home, we do check on them to make sure nothing nasty has occurred...
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Re: Sickness

Sorry you are sick and feeling stressed. The law however is clear, the employer is allowed to ask info about the expected duration of the illness and and the intended return date. They are also allowed to ask for a second opinion re the illness (not the nature) and can terminate the contract even during illness, providing they respect the protection duration, which is 30 days in the first year of employment, 90 days from 2nd to 5th year, and 180 days from 6th year.

Hope this helps- refusing to take or block calls is not a good idea- Much better to work with them if you can. Hope you feel better soon.
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