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Jan03

Doctor return to work note.

In Michigan can an employer request a doctors return to work note when employee missed a day of employment do to fainting and going to the emergency room. Employee drives a commercial vehicle.

Yes, as an employer you can absolutely require that an employee provide a doctors release to return to work anytime you have reason to believe that the employee is unfit for duty. In fact, we strongly recommend that you do so. If the employee returns to work without such authorization, and is reinjured or suffers complications due to work, you may be liable. In this case, if you permit the employee to return to work and he or she faints again, striking his or her head on a file cabinet, you could face a multi-million-dollar lawsuit. (The injury would also be covered under workers comp.)

Because the employees duties include driving, you should specifically require that the doctors release specify that the employee may safely resume all duties, including driving. You do not want to be responsible for the damages if the employee passes out and causes an accident that kills somebody. You should not permit the employee to return to work without this medical authorization.

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