My DH came home from work last week (works FIFO) because I was ill & needed him home to loom after me & DS (I'm 28 weeks pregnant). I went to the doctors & got a doctors cert. saying I was sick Mon-Wed to cover the time DH would have been working, he went back to work with the note, gave it to his supervisor with a form for carers leave... His supervisor has asked him to get a note from the doctor saying that he specifically had to look after me, I think this is ridiculous & think that saying I was sick on the note should be enough... My understanding of carers leave is that it just has to be an immediate family member (as in child or spouse) that is sick you don't have to specify on the note what is wrong with them?? I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow to see if they can amend but just wondering what others thought?
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24-07-2014 21:51 #1
Carers Leave -any HR experts out there?
24-07-2014 22:05 #2
Carers leave is to look after your sick family member. Your DH's boss sounds like a right tool.
24-07-2014 22:06 #3
24-07-2014 22:10 #4
That sucks especially when their carers leave comes off their sick days (not like its additional days).
My DH had lots of carers leave last year during my pregnancy and all he needed was a drs certicate stating carers leave.
He's fifo too. Was so impressed by what they did several times to get him home.
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24-07-2014 22:14 #5
DH has taken carers leave in the past to look after me after operations, and I am sure the doc did give him a note confirming the leave request (on all occasions). It never stated what was wrong with me though (they never do), just that I needed to be looked after for a few days. I am not sure if he ended up needing to use it but he had it just in case. Also I don't think its enough to always just have a sick certificate for the partner as people can be sick and need time off, but don't need their partner to actually look after them.
Its kind of the same needing a certificate for pregnancy. Its quite obvious I am pregnant! But uni and DH's work need it to be certified by a dr to confirm that I am actually pregnant. You shouldn't have trouble getting the dr to do a note for him.
24-07-2014 22:15 #6
I'm not sure what the requirements are but any time I've had carer's leave, the cert has said that "x" is a patient or unwell and that "y" is required to care for them. Not sure if that's helpful or not sorry. I think your dh is definitely eligible, just don't know what the cert needs to say.
24-07-2014 22:20 #7
24-07-2014 22:24 #8
Thanks ;-) see what docs say tomorrow... He's not letting him book his leave for when we have the baby until he gets a confinement note... He's a new supervisor & is a little particular!
24-07-2014 22:44 #9
When DH took carer's leave after my emergency c-section the obstetrician wrote separate notes for me and DH, as he said my note may not cover DH for carer's leave.
Whether he was being over cautious or not I'm not sure... but from that experience I would assume his boss isn't the only one to have ever asked for this.
25-07-2014 00:34 #10
I work in payroll and yes, certificates for Carer's Leave needs to state that you had to take time off to care for someone else. As someone else said, there are some workplaces where Carer's Leave is an additional allowance on top of your regular leave.
I would take one over zealous boss over a thousand less zealous bosses who you have to chase up for information any day! 😉
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