Can I require employees to bring a doctor’s note if they miss work due to an injury or illness?
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Can I require employees to bring a doctor’s note if they miss work due to an injury or illness?

Yes. After a certain number of days off for an illness or injury, for example, three days (minimum required amount to be given under California’s Paid Sick Leave law), employees can be required to provide a note. Please reference state-specific guidelines for sick leave.

However, you must make certain that every employee is required to adhere to this policy and that the policy is in writing. The required doctor’s note should not seek a diagnosis/medical condition; rather, the note should include only that (the name of employee) was seen on (date) at (time of appointment) and further may stipulate any period of partial or total incapacity to perform a job and if the employee is healthy enough to return to work.

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