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UpdatesFeb 01, 2022

In sickness and in health

If an employee is unwell for a period of time, employers often seek further information about the employee’s ill health. This information can be obtained from either the employee’s medical doctor or an independent medical expert retained by the employer.

What information will be sought?

The information you obtain will seek to answer the following questions:

What happens if you receive contradictory medical opinions?

If conflicting medical opinions exist, you must consider whether there are good reasons to prefer the medical opinion of one doctor over another. An employer cannot choose to follow the medical opinion of its own doctor over another, simply because it has paid for that opinion.

Relevant considerations may include:

By Kelly Godfrey

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