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Thanks for responding to my question. There is no contact with this employee so I am confident with that At Will status. The employee did not specify any issue that caused them not to feel well other than to say " can I go home, I'm not feeling well?"
There were no signs of any illness or vommitting or anything that would limit a major life function. When they were told no the response was " you cant force me work if I say I dont feel well."
So, if I understand you correctly, I do not have to allow the employee to come back to work until they provide a doctors note, correct?
As the employer ( I am just a very small business) cant I interpret the employee leaving without permission as abandoning their job / voluntary quit?
"....If you have less than 5 employees, NO law would limit your right to terminate an employee suffering from even a serious health condition."
This is certainly something I did not know and is good news. I am an S-Corp and counting me I am under the threshold with a total of 4 employees. I am sure the EDD would still favor the employee is this situation and grant UI benefits, correct?