Inability to ask for doctor’s note could cripple employers (Editor’s notes)

When absences are excessive, employers need to be able to ask for a note
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

Everyone plays hooky now and again. It’s a simple fact of life, for students in elementary school right up to the top chief executive officers in the country. (Present company excluded, of course.)

When you’re a kid or a teenager, it’s a pretty easy process. Just dial up your best Ferris Bueller impression and convince mom and dad that your stomach really does hurt. Or that you feel all weak and achy. Or that you suffer from whatever ailment you can conjure up to avoid going to school so you can stay home and play with toys and video games all day.

You won’t win a Juno or an Oscar for these performances — after all, most parents aren’t doctors and have soft spots for their offspring — but hopefully you can fool them into thinking you’re sick enough to stay home, but not quite under the weather enough to warrant a trip to the doctor’s office.