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Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

Are you thinking of bunking work and submitting a doctor's note?

Think twice, as your employer can summon your doctor to write an affidavit or come to your office to explain the information on your sick note.

Attorney Natasha Moni tells Eusebius McKaiser that employers sometimes have doubts when the sick note is for a Monday, Friday or a day after a holiday.

The employer is entitled to ask the doctor to draft an affidavit as a sworn document that says I saw this person and this person a medical condition.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

READ: Know your leave rights before calling in a sick day

Your doctor as an ethical duty to explain your condition. The courts have gone even further and said if the employer doubts the affidavit, the doctor has to present him/ herself to explain the information.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

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Moni says every employee is entitled to six weeks sick leave over a period of three years.

People have accidents and need time to recover.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

She further says some doctors write 'medical condition' on the sick note, but adds that it is irresponsible for the doctor to write that if it is a severe condition like TB.

Moni says those who go to traditional healers can also submit medical sick notes.

If your traditional healer is a member of the medical council and has a registered number, then he can write a medical certificate.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

The law says you can now ask the traditional healers to explain themselves.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

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