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Most employers human resource policies require that ill employees supply medical certificates to the employer when they have been absent from work due to health reasons. One of the reasons why these policies deal with medical certificates is because some employees abuse their sick leave.Some employees go as far as supplying falsified medical certificates to their employers.
What Constitutes A Proper Medical Certificate? The Ethical and Professional Rules of the Medical and Dental Council of South Africa have introduced the following rules with regards to medical i. According to these rules a certificate must contain the following information:
What Can Employers Do If They Suspect The Employees Medical Certificate Is Fraudulent?
Employers must compare the certificate with the above mentioned rules and if the certificate does not comply in that the certificate, for example, does not clearly state the name of the practitioner, then the employer can insist that the certificate complies with these above mentioned rules before the employer accepts the certificate as a valid certificate.
If an employer thinks that the employee obtained a certificate in a dishonest or fraudulent manner, then the employer may proceed with disciplinary steps against the employee. It is normally easy to check whether a certificate was in fact issued by a doctor, as the company can just phone the doctor to confirm that the doctor issued the certificate.
In cases where an employee submits a medical certificate where the employer suspects that the doctor is colluding with the employee, the employer can report this doctor to the Health Professions Council (this will not be recommended if you have no evidence against the doctor).