I am on long-term sickness absence. My employer has requested my permission to get a medical report from my GP. Should I agree?

I am on long-term sickness absence. My employer has requested my permission to get a medical report from my GP. Should I agree?

Your employer will want advice from your GP about your condition, how long you are likely to be away from work and to see what can be done to assist you back to work. If you refuse permission,  your employer will have to rely on its own views of the situation, when making any decisions about your future employment, which is unlikely to benefit you.

You can usually ask to see a copy of the medical report before it is supplied to your employer, so that you can check to make sure you are happy about its contents or if you want to make comments on it.

Your employer will normally want to discuss the report with you.

 

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general guidance and is not intended to constitute legal advice. You must consult our employment solicitors if you require advice on your situation or circumstances.

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