Can I request a medical clearance from an employee before they return to work?

Do you understand your employer rights and obligations when it comes to sick leave? We recently answered this question.

“An employee works in a high-risk area of the business. They have been on sick leave for over a month. Is it reasonable for us to ask them to provide a medical clearance before they return even though it is not a requirement in our personal leave policy?



Yes. As an employer, you are within your rights to request a medical clearance from an employee to demonstrate they are fit to return to work and have the capacity to perform their duties without exposing themselves or anyone else to an unnecessary level of risk.


For more information about sick leave, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website. For advice specific to your business, get in touch with Lisa at or Nick at, or call (07) 46383599 to book your free, one-hour, no-obligation HR consultation.