We have recently been handed a couple of fit notes advising us employees are not fit for work due to bereavement.

We would like to challenge this and although I feel dreadfully sorry for people who have lost a loved one they are not actually sick. Surely they should take either bereavement leave, unpaid leave or use their holiday entitlement.

After speaking to the doctors that issued these fit notes it was apparent they were washing their hands of this as they told us we would need to speak to our employees as it is out of their hands!

Has anyone come across this before and challenged this?

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