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May 17, 2019 on chapter Parental leave

How soon can an employee return to work after giving birth?

Is there a time limit that an employee cannot return to work after giving birth? Should we request a doctors’ certificate stating the employee is fit for work if she wishes to return within the first 6 weeks after giving birth?

There is no legal requirement for an employee to provide a medical certificate if they wish to return to work within the first 6 weeks after giving birth.

You may have the right to direct an employee to provide a medical certificate, however the direction must be one that is considered to be lawful and reasonable.

This will depend on whether there is a genuine need for evidence of their fitness to work or there is cause to be concerned that the employee cannot perform the inherent requirements of their role.

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