“Must I inform my Employer if I am booked of sick or hospitalized or can I just submit my sick note upon return?”
Yes, you need to inform your employer immediately if you are sick and booked off.
Normally your contract of employment and the company’s policy and procedures prescribes the process that you need to follow when you are booked of sick. If your contract of employment that normally refers to the Companies Policies and procedures, you can be notified to attend a disciplinary hearing and charged with breached of Employment contract and / or breach of Companies policies and procedures.
The sanction for your actions will be described in the Companies Disciplinary Code.
In the absence of a contract the MIBCO Main Agreement states as follow relating to sick leave and the provision of a medical certificate:
Clause 5.2 Sick Leave:
(7) (a) A person who is required by his employer to produce a medical certificate if he has been absent from work for more than one day or more than two occasions during an 8 week period, shall produce such medical certificate as issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person who is certified to diagnose and treat patients and who is registered with the Professional Council established by an Act of Parliament within a period of not more than two days after his return to duty or such employee shall forfeit his right to sick pay; provided that where the employee is absent from work as a result of sick leave on any day or days from Friday to Monday (inclusive ) and such day/days form part of his normal working week, he shall be required to produce such a medical certificate for such day/days”
(b) Provided further that should any person be absent the day before or after a Public Holiday he shall be required to produce such a medical certificate for such day/days
Part of the employers rights is to manage employees and for the employer to manage his operational requirements. By informing your employer that you are booked off sick or hospitalised afford them the opportunity to re-evaluate their operational requirements and to make the necessary changes to get the work done. Remember that you are required to do so even if there is no such policy.
Therefore keep the communication lines open between yourself and your Manager and inform your Manager if and when you will not be able to attend to work due to illness.
In a nutshell, Employer and Employee Relationship should be treasured to ensure that the very essence of their relationship, namely trust is not broken.
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