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You should speak to HR or personnel about your eligibility for protection under the Family Medical Leave Act. (FMLA) If you qualify your entitle to up to 12 weeks absence for illness. An employer may not terminate you if you are in the FMLA program. An employer cannot deny you the protection afforded by FMLA. If you are terminated you can file a claim against the employer with the Department of Labor.
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So if they ask again I don't have to tell them the reason why I've been out sick? What if they ask to contact my doctor regarding my doctors note? Do I have to give them permission to contact my doctor?
In order to qualify for FMLA you will need a not from your physician indicating the reason you are out. You must ask your employer to allow you protections provided by FMLA. You are then responsible for getting the doctor's note to the employer in conformance to FMLA requirements. If you do not do this, you may forfeit any protection under the act and be terminated by your employer.
got it. Thanks for your help.