Returning To Work

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about absence due to illness:

The other day my boss noticed I might have pink eye so to protect others he asked me to go home early. I said OK. Then, 2 days later upon returning I was told I could not return without a doctor’s note saying I was OK. I understand this is common with workers comp claims but what about just general illness like colds etc.?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

Requirements for a doctor’s approval to return to work varies between jobs, because of the type of work being done. In your case, the requirement for a doctor’s approval is related to the contagious nature of Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis). We are not a medical site and cannot give medical advice. But, it is not difficult to research and find out that the viral type of Conjunctivitis is highly contagious.

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