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Does an employer have the right not to accept a doctors excuse for an ongoing medical condition?

1 Answers. Asked on Jun 28th, 2017 on Labor and Employment - Pennsylvania
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Answered on Jul 12th, 2017 at 11:36 AM

I'd say yes, for sure. The note might not be specific enough.  It might be stale-dated.  Might be from a doctor who doesn't customarily treat your condition (like getting a dentist to give you a note for a mental condition).  In any event, your employer might not be obligated to give you time off, modify or hold your position due to a medical condition.  You'd need to provide addl facts to get a more specific answer.

I recommend that you seek out a local attorney for a more in depth discussion of the matter. I do not recommend that you take any action steps without such a consult. Act quickly because by waiting, you may lose certain rights and remedies available to you.

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