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Hey Canada, Does Your Boss Force You To Get a Doctor’s Note Just to Take Sick Days?

Does your boss make you see a doctor just to prove you need a sick day? If that sounds like your workplace, we want to talk to you.

March 12, 2020

We’re investigating employers that force Canadian workers to get a doctor’s note just to prove they’re telling the truth when they ask to take a sick day.

Doctors criticize this practice as a waste of time and public resources.

The Canadian Medical Association calls it an “unnecessary public health risk” too.

Get in touch with us if this sounds like your workplace:

  • Did your boss make you get a doctor’s note to take sick days in the last year?
  • Have you gone to work sick in the last year because your employer’s strict sick leave rules are discouraging you from taking time off?
  • Do you have a copy of your employer’s policy on producing doctors’ notes from an internal human resources document? Do you have records showing your boss demanded a doctor’s note before letting you take sick leave?

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We’re investigating sick leave practices in Canadian workplaces. Because we need to verify that the information you’re sharing is accurate, we have to ask you to provide your contact info and details about your workplace.

Any information you share with us will be held in confidence and used for journalistic purposes only. Your name will not be added to any marketing lists and we will not share any identifiable information about you with any third party whatsoever — including your employer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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Fast Food Lobby Group: Workers With ‘Coughs’ and ‘Runny Noses’ Can Still Work During Coronavirus Pandemic

Canadian infectious disease specialists say it is ‘not very good’ advice during a global pandemic or otherwise

March 11, 2020

As the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, a lobby group representing Canada’s fast food industry was distributing materials to its members suggesting workers with a “cough” or “runny nose” may still be healthy enough to show up to work.

Restaurants Canada, a lobby group that calls itself “the voice of foodservice” and has been a