I am a nanny of 28yrs experience and never in my career have I ever experienced a job like my last. I have now moved on so have put it down to bed.
My contract was originally rushed through with only two days paid sick leave then statutory sick pay would commence as part of the deal. I was coerced by the agent in signing this as “I was getting so well paid”. I was in an awkward personal position so needed better pay and longer hours-I took the job.
After my first year I came into work after the Christmas break a little croaky and coughing slightly, nothing I couldn’t work through, afterall all nannies work through pretty much most illnesses . I had no idea one of my charges had been ill with a chesty cough over Christmas so wouldn’t have given it a second thought. I didnt feel ill.
I was asked by my employer to go to the doctor as she really couldn’t bare if the 14 months old was sick again. I was diagnosed with viral tonsillitis and told by my GP that I could be infectious for 10 days!!!
My initial thought was I will just work through as I felt I could but I was asked not to return or EVER work with anything potentially contagious. I didn’t get paid as I had used my two days sick allowance on a previous bug.
How was this fair?
I was in constant contact with bugs/germs and their coughs and runny noses so it was going be nigh on impossible to avoid everything but then be forced to stay home unpaid.
A while later I had a horrid chest infection and did take a week off as I felt awful, no pay but I expected that. I was offered the chance of weekend work to recoup my lost salary- over my dead body!!!
As I felt able to work and was taking prescribed antibiotics, surely my bosses were being unreasonable when they sent me home.
They continued to withhold pay for the duration of time I was on medication.
They were adamant about the matter and told me in no uncertain terms via “tag team” text messages.
I would have been out of pocket and struggling again and again if I had stayed with them. Every germ the children caught was a potential salary drop for me.
I genuinely feel that if we are able to work and our employers reject that offer they should pay full salary. It is their choice not ours.
Anyone else experienced this?