Ask the ExpertCan an employer request that an employee provide a doctors note following three consecutive days of absence from the office in Ontario?
hri_Admin Staff asked 3 years ago
1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 3 years ago

You can ask after just ONE day if you want. Requiring employees to verify their need for being absent is a totally legitimate right of an employer. What can get you into trouble is WHAT you ask for. All you’re entitled to is verification that the employee had some kind of illness requiring him/her to miss work. You can’t ask for the details or diagnosis. It’s a different story if the employee is requesting accommodations but that doesn’t sound like the case here. Suggest you do a search of HRI for doctor’s notes. We’ve done some really good pieces on the subject. Hope that helps and sorry I WAS absent a week in responding, at least in a manner of speaking. Glenn