Doctor’s report

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about employer asking for evidence of illness:

I have been off work for the last 2 weeks and yesterday my Doctor signed me off for a further month. My workplace is now asking for a Doctor’s Report. Can they do this?

Signed, Frustrated

Dear Frustrated:

Yes, your workplace can ask for a reasonable amount of information to determine whether they think you could return if work was adjusted, or if they think the time off is excessive. Most HR sections are aware of what can be requested and your doctor will almost certainly know the limitations of what he or she can and will provide.It appears there is a conflict about your time off and your injury. Have you considered talking to your manager and HR about it? I suggest this because I have repeatedly seen employees who were out on injuries become so alienated from their managers and others that they never were able to regain a positive feeling about work. At the same time, those at work–managers and coworkers, resented what was perceived as malingering to get paid while not working.

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