Can my employer ask me for doctors’ notes each time I go to an appointment if it’s not a written policy?

can my employer suddenly ask me to start providing doctor’s notes each time I use personal leave for a doctor’s appointment? This is not a written policy and is not enforced with anyone else I’ve never even been asked for one before today. HR says I’ve been using

Asked on January 3, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, New York

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. The fact is that absences from work can be monitored by an employer; there need not be specific written company policy regarding this. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination.

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Unless this action violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, it is legal. The fact is that absences from work can be monitored by an employer; there need not be specific written company policy regarding this. The fact is that most work relationships are "at will" which means that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit, absent some form of legally actionable discrimination.


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