Medical Certificates 101

Winter has arrived and in the workplace, that means cold and flu season is running rampant. So, if your employees are sick and recuperating from illness do they need to provide a medical certificate?

Our resident HR expert, Lisa has the answer.

*When employees advise that they are taking sick or carer’s leave, they should specify how long they expect to be off work. You have the right to ask for evidence, even if they only take one day of leave.

If you have a workplace policy or contract in place, this should specify when a medical certificate is required. For example, if it falls the day before or after an employee’s normal days off or a public holiday. According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, if an employee is asked for proof and they don’t provide it, they may not be entitled to be paid for the leave taken.*

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Do you need some HR advice or help updating your workplace policies and contracts? Give Lisa a call on (07) 4638 3599 to arrange a free, one-hour, no-obligation business consultation.