Doctor’s notes give employers the chills (Toughest HR Question)

Strict employer policies around medical notes may perpetuate a culture of distrust
By Yaseen Hemeda
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/24/2014

Question: Should employees be required to submit a doctor’s note when taking allotted sick days?

Answer: Many employers require employees to present a doctor’s note when taking sick days. Employers often require a doctor’s note as proof that employees are not abusing sick day policies.

But with flu season affecting many employees across the country, Scott Wooder, president of the Ontario Medical Association, recently spoke out about this issue. He advised employers to stop requiring doctor’s notes from employees with flu-like symptoms, because their visits to the doctor’s office are not only unnecessary but may in fact put others at risk by spreading germs.