If you get hurt but have a doctor’s excuse to be off, can your employer terminate your employment

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If you get hurt but have a doctor’s excuse to be off, can your employer terminate your employment

I broke my collar bone at home and have a doctor’s excuse to be off work 6 weeks. I have been there less than a year and do not qualify for FMLA. The HR person tells me that if I’m unable to return to work that I will point out and be terminated in 2 weeks

Asked on May 7, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, except for FMLA and similar state laws (which have similar eligibility requirements), the law does not require employers to retain or employ people who miss work for any reason, including an injury like the one you describe: your employer may terminate you for missing work. Your doctor's note has no legal or binding authority over your employer.


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