Leave of Absence

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a  leave of absence by psychologist:

Can a psychologist allow a patient time off/ leave of absence?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

If you are asking if a psychologist can require an employer to give time off to a patient of his or hers, the answer will depend upon the situation. If the psychologist works for the employer and has been asked to examine the employee and make a recommendation, the psychologist might recommend time off.There are also times when Workmen’s Compensation might be involved in the situation, and a doctor or psychologist might say that time off was needed. But, if the patient is going on her own, an employer isn’t obligated to give time off just because a psychologist says it is needed.

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