Sorry, quick look at 2 pages of Google proved inconclusive.
My 1st day back after week annual leave entitlement today; got into work and told my boss I was recovering from Tonsilitis; I'm about 4 days into it. I was initially coming in to do a half day then would re-assess how I felt at lunchtime.
My illness is not official, not consulted the Dr. but I've had it enough times to know what to look for (torch down the throat, lots of white spots, feels like I'm swallowing swords). Combined with a hacking cough. (My wife has laryngitis at same time)
Boss said to go home straight away, I said I'd prefer to work and catch up a bit (having been away), then he got distracted by something.
He came and found me again 10 minutes later and 'insisted' I went home; He said it in a louder voice and stressed manner saying he couldn't afford any of the other staff getting sick as its small company and my line manger is off long-term. I wasn't in the mood for an argument (We have a stressed working relationship as it is), so I ducked out and agreed.
I really felt like he was proper insisting I went home, but if I am away more than 3 days he also said he'd want a doctors note.
The only sick pay I get is Statutory which of course only kicks in on the 4th day hence why he then wants a doctors note.
In essence as far as I'm concerned if I don't go to work, I don't get paid.
Is my boss allowed to insist upon me going home when I'm Ill. Do I really need to go thru the hassle of seeing the doctor for either a confirmation of ability to work/ confirmation of illness. My GP says they don't normally give them out for anything less than 7 days.