Should employees have to present a sick note to their employer to prove that they are, in fact, ill and can’t work?
The Ontario Medical Association calls the approach a waste of time and possibly harmful. If you have a serious infection or disease, the last thing you should do is drag yourself into a doctor’s office, exposing yourself to others, just to waste a doctor’s time.
Doctors are also being asked to act as truancy officers, providing proof for a company that an employee is truly under the weather. In exchange for wasting their time, some doctors are charging as much as $70 for a simple note!
Even a $40 doctor’s note is a hit to a low-wage worker. Most employers won’t reimburse the cost of a note. It also costs an employee money and time to get to a doctor’s office to get a note.
If a sick employee decides to drag themselves into work (it’s called “presenteeism”) to avoid having to get one, they end up underperforming and possibly infecting their coworkers.
Are all of the above points enough to prove that we should tear up the sick note, once and for all?
The Globe & Mail’s Andre Picard brings us more on this issue HERE.