QUESTION

CAN I BE PLACED ON SICK LEAVE RESTRICTION FOR USING TOO MUCH SICK LEAVE?


IF I AM ON SICK LEAVE RESTRICTION, HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?


IF I CALL IN SICK, MAY THE SUPERVISOR QUESTION ME ABOUT THE NATURE OF MY ILLNESS?



IF I HAVE A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT, MAY THE SUPERVISOR QUESTION ME ABOUT THE TIME OF THE APPOINTMENT?

DO I NEED A DOCTOR'S NOTE IF I AM OUT SICK MORE THAN THREE DAYS?

ANSWER

You can NOT be placed on sick leave restriction for using your sick leave. You can only be placed on sick leave restriction for abuse of sick leave, i.e. you are not using the sick leave for its intended purpose. You have the absolute right to use sick leave for appropriate purposes.

The restriction must be reviewed at least every six months, and a written decision to continue or lift the restriction must be issued. If there is improvement, the restriction should be lifted. You may request to have the the restriction reviewed at any time.


The supervisor may NOT ask you any personal particulars about your illness. The only information you are required to provide is the fact that you are requesting sick leave and your expected date of return to work. If you are caring for a family member, you must provide the name of the family member and the relationship to you.

You may just inform the supervisor that you have a medical appointment and that you do not know when you will be returning to work. If you expect to be out of work the entire day, you should let the supervisor know. You do not have to give the specific time of the appointment.


A medical certificate may be required if you are out sick more than three consecutive days, but it is not always necessary. If your condition was such that you did not need to see a doctor, your explanation should suffice. A note is not needed for a chronic illness as long as you are not on a sick leave restriction and, if requested, provide updated evidence of the chronic condition every six months.