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Doctors Excuse

An employee left due to a medical issue but came back with a doctor’s excuse from Mexico. Can we still use this excuse?

The issue is whether the note is from a valid medical provider, regardless of where the provider practices medicine.

If there is reason to doubt the validity of the note, say the employee resides in New York and claims to have seen a Doctor in Mexico in the same day, then further questions should be asked of the employee.

There are steps you can take to authenticate the validity of the note. You can call the doctor’s office and ask to speak with the Doctor directly. Though you cannot seek medical information about the employee from the Doctor, you may verify the Doctor in fact created and signed the note. You can even ask the Doctor to send you another note to verify the same form is used.

Further, if the note is required as certification for a leave of absence, such as one under the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), then the employee may be required to seek a second opinion.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 1:49 pm and is filed under
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