Problem with doctor's note?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Interstellar16, May 23, 2016.

  1. Interstellar16

    Interstellar16 Struggling Biochem major

    I'm a fairly new hire. I've been there for almost a year, nine months exactly. I've never taken a day off until today because I have food poisoning, which is able to be treated at home. However, my boss wants a doctors note for food poisoning. The problem is 1. I don't have a primary care doctor, 2. It's just food poisoning. I don't have to go to the doctor for that and 3. I'm too sick to even go to the doctor. I don't think he'd believe me. He's been on my ass since he was transferred there. The guy really acts like he doesn't like me. So what other options do I have? I don't want to get fired for this. Thanks.
     
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  2. ChicagosPrimeMinister

    ChicagosPrimeMinister What rhmyes with UPS?

    throw up on the belt
     
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  3. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    You only need a doctor's note if you are sick more than 3 days.
     
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  4. Clock Sucker

    Clock Sucker I handle a lot of packages

    You won't get fired so don't worry. And with this being your first time calling in there is no reason you should need a doctors note. Just ignore your boss and if he keeps bothering you for calling in sick one day then hand him a harassment grievance instead of a doctors note.
     
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  5. MC4YOU2

    MC4YOU2 Yep, not wearing brown anymore

    I don't know of anyone ever fired for taking a single sick day off, doctors note or not. Generally doctors notes are only required as a verification on questionable days, like the Friday before a Monday holiday weekend, or for lengthy absences, like over 4 work days etc.
     
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  6. fres431

    fres431 Active Member

    You in CA? Wonder if it's the manager that's on "special assignment" to toughen up a key up out here
     
  7. BostonBo

    BostonBo Active Member

    It's a HIPPA violation for him to even ask you. Get human resources and your steward involved if you have to.
     
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  8. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    Wrong. Get a refund on that jailhouse law degree! An employer may request a doctor’s note as part of its sick leave or attendance policy.
     
  9. realbrown1

    realbrown1 Annoy a liberal today. Hit them with facts.

    You don't need a doctor note unless you are out 4 days in a row.

    He is trying to intimidate you into not calling in sick again.

    And I call in sick sometimes 10 days a year (2 and 3 days at a time) so as not to build up to 7 occurrences.

    And there are years I don't call in sick at all.

    It's a tough job.

    I'll take the days off I need to so I can get better.
     
  10. Interstellar16

    Interstellar16 Struggling Biochem major

    no. I'm in TN
     
  11. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    How many days do you plan on having food poisoning? Less than 3, just call-in like others have said. More than 3, get a note. Real simple.
     
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  12. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    The employer may request a note, but it does not need to give any information except the person was excused from work and may return, or not. It does fall under medical privacy rights to need not explain WHY.
     
  13. scooby0048

    scooby0048 This page left intentionally blank

    You don't need to quote me, I know what they can and cannot do and I know what the HIPAA law entails but thanks for saving me from having to type that out to some schlep.
     
  14. realbrown1

    realbrown1 Annoy a liberal today. Hit them with facts.

    They can request all they want, but if I am not out 4 days, they ain't getting it.
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    While you may know what the HIPPA law entails, your answer to BostonBo should have included "....but may not inquire as to the nature of the illness..."
     
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  16. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Man up any go to work! Stop faking!
     
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  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    He is correct. Yes, the employer can require a doctor's note saying employee was seen on this date and can return to work on this date. They cannot ask about what the illness was, nor are you required to tell them. That is a HIPPA violation.


    As apparently Dave said before me....
     
  18. jbg77

    jbg77 Active Member

    Take a photo of the aftermath and send it to him.
     
  19. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Management will feed you any BS they think you will believe. Follow the proper call in procedure and contact your steward and tell him about your manager demanding a Dr note.
     
  20. Call off tomorrow and tell him you are going to the doctor's,so you can get a note!
    Lol
     
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