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I had surgery in Feb and the doctor released me back to work today. I cant go back to work until I see the company's doctor, can they do this. The doctor filled out a form saying I need no reduced work schedule or any other adjustments at work. What would the meeting be for if I had the doctor fill out a released to work form created by the company? Should I answer any questions from their doctor?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

California

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

We have a union , however no union representative at this momont

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

None at this time

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Your Questions:

I had surgery in Feb and the doctor released me back to work today. I cant go back to work until I see the company's doctor, can they do this.

Response 1: Unfortunately, they can.

The doctor filled out a form saying I need no reduced work schedule or any other adjustments at work. What would the meeting be for if I had the doctor fill out a released to work form created by the company?

Response 2: The doctor needs to physically examine you in order to clear you for work.

Should I answer any questions from their doctor?

Response 3: Unfortunately, you do not have any choice. You have to answer the questions. Otherwise, you would not be allowed back to work.

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