Deciphering the sick noteWhat an employer can reasonably expect from a physicianBy Shannon Klie11/20/2006|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/16/2006 With the rising costs of absences, employers are looking for better ways to manage employee sick time. A critical part of any disability or absence management program is good communication between the employer and the treating physician.However, employers and physicians approach the same issue from different perspectives. The employer wants to get the employee back to work as quickly as possible, with accommodations as needed, while the physician’s only concern is the health of the patient. According to employment lawyer Stuart Rudner, a partner at Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto, the information an employer can get from a physician is limited by privacy rights. To ensure employers get the right information, they need to know which questions to ask. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.