September 18, 2009 3:28 PM Subscribe
California Employment Law: If an employee is sick, can an employer mandate that the employee provide a doctor's note in order to take time off to get well?
My girlfriend is a waitress. She's also been running a fever, well over 100 degrees, for the past two days. Fortunately she's been off for the past two days, but she's due back on the floor tomorrow, and chances are she won't be 100% fever-free.
This is no good for any number of reasons: Her health, and that of her coworkers and customers could all potentially be compromised.
The catch is that her boss requires a doctors note if an employee calls in sick, which means she's out $100 for a doctor's visit plus lost wages. This seems punitive to me.
This strikes me as insane. Any restauranteur in his right mind would not want a potential walking health violation getting other staff and customers sick. I understand that it would cut down absenteeism, but the potential risks seem insane to me.
But all that's really beside the point. It's stupid, but is it legal?