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Can an Employer Check the Validity of a Doctor's Note?

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Workplace illnesses cost companies millions of dollars each year. Many supervisors now require employees to bring in doctors notes either confirming their illnesses or stating the employees are healthy enough to return to work.

Why

Employers often have several reasons for requiring doctors' notes. At times, they want to ensure that a worker was genuinely ill, and not faking poor health simply to get out of work. Other times, they need confirmation from a professional that the employee is free of contagious diseases.

How

An employer can, in fact, check the validity of a doctor's note, but how and when he does this is up to his discretion. He can call the doctor's phone number, if it is provided, or perform an Internet search on the physician to determine if he exists.

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Advice

Determine the policy of your company regarding sick notes and paid time off before you become ill. Certain organizations do not require a doctor's slip if you have only been out for a day or two.

About the Author

A professional writer for LexisNexis since 2008, Ilana Waters has created pages for websites such as ComLawOne.com and AndersonHome.com. A writing scholarship helped her graduate summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She then obtained her Master of Social Work from Monmouth University.

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