Posted by: Depressed | 2009/04/07

Need time off work for counselling


I have to see a psychiatrist every 2-3 weeks or so ongoing to work through severe childhood trauma, current depression and long-term stress which she says has affected my coping skills. I' ve been honest with my employer, my work is excellent and they are understanding. We have a clock-in system. Thing is what is the legal way to do it, work in the time (obviously recorded on the system), or take leave in " advance"  until the medical appointments deplete that leave or take leave for each appointment or just clock in and out let it be recorded and then see how much leave I owe the company? They seem undecided as to the best way to do it, its give and take based on trust, but of course they can' t set a precedent as its ifficial long-term appointments. I am known for coming in a bit early and leaving a bit late, no brownie points that is just me.

Secondly I ask you this as I am desperate - I earn too much to go to legal aid, I am seriously in debt, had to give up debt counselling and am stoney broke despite my great salary. The childhood trauma I speak of lasted 40 years (no jokes). Where does one go to for help / representation in a case like this?

Thanks very much

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You certainly can take sick leave at any stage you believe that it is important. The company cannot stop you taking sick leave.

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Posted by: Debbie | 2009/04/15

What my bompany did was calculate the hours i was off for counciling and took that off my sick leave. SO it never interferred with my leave and it was fair both ways

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