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Employee returning to work against doctors advice

Employee returning to work against doctors advice

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As a supervisor, am I liable for an employee who wants to return to work against their doctor's advice?

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By Shonette
09th Nov 2016 16:10

Hi anonymous - an employer is liable for an employee who wishes to return to work whilst signed off by their doctor and ultimately employers have a duty of care to our employees.

If anything should happen to the employee whilst at work, insurances are invalid as they are not seen to be fit to be there. It's great that an employee wishes to return to work sooner and feels well enough to do so, but they will need to either obtain a new fit note from their GP confirming they are fit to return, or if there is a company occupational health specialist, they can meet the employee, review and override fit notes as necessary. Hope that helps!

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