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I was advised by my GP to take two weeks off because I was under a lot of stress at work. When I went back my supervisor wrote “work-related stress” on my absence form. I get a weekly bonus which is only paid on sickness if the sickness is an industrial-related illness. Should I be entitled to the bonus?

On the face of it it seems reasonable that you should get your bonus, but it’s possible stress-related illnesses are excluded in the section dealing with illness in your employment contract. You will have to study this carefully. If your contract doesn’t shed any light on what constitutes an industrial-related illness I suggest you use the firm’s grievance procedure to sort the matter out, but ultimately an employment tribunal can decide the issue. Ask your union convenor for advice.

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