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My daughter worked at a school, but suffered a stroke last year and still has trouble speaking properly. After six months they said they could no longer keep the job open for her, which has been very upsetting for her. How long do they have to wait before dismissing you?

There’s no time limit, but there is a set of procedures employers should adhere to including consulting the employee about the likelihood of a return to work, and, with the employees’ permission, approaching his or her GP or medical representative for an opinion about future work prospects. They should also consider whether suitable alternative employment might be available. If your daughter thinks she may be in a position to return, or was treated unfairly, she should argue her case, and if necessary claim unfair dismissal.

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