Avoid legal pitfalls when asking for doctor's notes

04/30/2013 | FindLaw

To avoid legal trouble, don't ask employees to provide too much information from their doctors when they are out sick, and apply the same sick leave standards to all employees, writes Aditi Mukherji. "All an employer really needs to know is that the employee's absence was for a medical reason and how much time he or she needs off," Mukherji writes. However, you can seek additional information if an employee needs to take leave under Family Medical Leave Act, as long as you follow the guidelines of that law.

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