No cure-all for sick notes

Court reaffirms HR can ask for ‘better’ sick note
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2015

Going to the doctor to get a sick note is no picnic for employees — the added administrative task for an already-ailing worker may seem overly prescriptive. 

But employees often are sent back to secure a “better” doctor’s note if the first one is considered sparse on detail. That was the case in a recent Federal Court of Appeal case, Western Grain By-Products Storage Ltd. v. Donaldson, which found the employer was entitled to a more detailed sick note than the original two-liner because it stated simply the employee was “now capable of returning to his job.”