How much time is an employee allotted by law to supply a doctor’s note

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How much time is an employee allotted by law to supply a doctor’s note

My supervisor forced me to charge myself with AWOL because I failed to ‘provide a
doctor’s note within 24 hours or upon returning to work, whichever comes first.’
I was still sick after 24 hours so I supplied him with a doctor’s note for the
two days. In other words, the note from my doctor said I was placed on leave for
October 9, 2017 through October 10, 2017. But because I failed to drive my sick
butt to work to deliver one note for the 9th within 24 hours, I had to be charged
with AWOL for that day. Is this legal?

Asked on October 18, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfrtunately, this is legal. That is unless this action violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Also, your treament must not have constituted some form of legally actionable discrimination. Otherwise, you are an "at will" worker which means that your company can set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit. This includes its sick time policy.

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