Sick days....what are your rights?
My wife just got a letter sent via Fedex overnight from her employer, for booking off sick on the following dates:
THey say that her Doctor's note is not valid because the note itself was written by the Doctor on Oct-25 (for the sick days in october), and the one for the November baseness was written on Nov-18 (for the sick days in November). This is because it was a few days AFTER her sick days that her employer requested her to get the note for her sick days. So, the days she was sick she didn't go see the Doctor because she didn't need to. In other words, if you have menstrual cramps or stomach problems, you don't go see the Doctor for simple things. If you feel sick, you feel sick. You only go to the Doctor to get checked up for more serious illnesses, but if it's the the point that you're not feeling well to the point that it's preventing you from doing your work properly that day, then you call in sick. Simple as that.
The other problem here is that on the dates above she didn't book off from Oct 14-16, she only booked off from Oct 15-16. She called in on the night of the 14th to call in sick for her shift the next day which was less than 12 hours away, so that they had time to find a replacement. Same thing with the November book off. She wasn't absent from Nov 12-14, she was only away from work on the 13-14, but called in the night before late on the 12th. So, they're making it sound like she missed work for 3 days on each of those occasions, when really she missed work for TWO days on each of those occasions.
The other issue is that my wife has over 20 sick days that she is ALLOWED to take. Why on earth are they requiring doctor's notes, if she is using the sick days she is entitled to? Second, why are they saying the medical notes are invalid because they weren't written on the day she was sick, when my wife was only informed a few days AFTER her sick days that she was going to need a medical note for her sick days. It seems like BS to me. My understanding regarding labour laws in Ontario is that your employer is only allowed to ask you for a doctor's note if you are sick for MORE than 2 days. In other words, 3 or more days of being sick.
Please correct me if Im wrong here...