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Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:19 pm
I'm really angry. I've been having one of the worst weeks of my life. On Monday after work, my father was rushed to the hospital, suffered a cardiac arrest, almost died, so work was the last thing on my mind, spent the night at the hospital on Monday, didn't get home until eight until the morning, couldn't get through to the number, as they give so many different options, finally sent a email, and due to me being in hospital all again on Wednesday, spent another day in the hospital again, had my phone on flight mode, because I was in a hosptial. I've only had about 20 hours sleep since Sunday night. Got a call from work, saying that they changed the workload, and I was no longer needed, but when I was at work, I remember how much the workload was, there huge and big boxes.
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:24 pm
Sorry to hear this and I can understand that popping into work to inform your boss/management in person about the circumstances for your absence was unlikely to have occurred to you given you were understandably preoccupied but you have to ensure you let your employer know that you needed to deal with a family emergency
Is it possible to pop in and see them to discuss this? There presumably must be a direct number you could have called to let them know and again given the circumstances they might be willing to take an understanding view
Strictly speaking they're well within their rights to terminate your contract for failing to take reasonable steps to inform them of why you could not attend work.
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:07 pm
I did tell them.
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:18 pm
Unless you emailed your boss personally the email may not have reached the right person quickly enough. Do you know if he/she received your email?
I would seriously go to see your boss to explain in person and/or write to HR people to give your account of what happened.
How is your Dad now
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:21 pm
The email reached them as they said it was fine. Can't go see the boss, as my agency is based in Northampton. My dad is doing fine now, he's out of the ICU, he's eating, drinking, no longer being sick.
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:24 pm
They said it was because of the change in the workload, which I don't believe as there was enough to last a couple of months.
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:33 pm
Glad he is better
I would press the agency to ask why this has happened. Unfortunately via an agency you likely have a lot fewer rights than a directly employed person and your tenure is very much at the whim of the client company with whom the agency place you.
Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:32 pm
None of us are at our best in situations like that; it was a perfect storm. I think maybe you should explain that to HR if you have the opportunity. Be kind to yourself.
Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:09 pm
I'm allowed back in the summer, so it might have been the workload changing.
Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:21 am
I'm so glad. Best of luck to you
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:05 pm
They've got back in touch with me and moved me to another department.