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As unfair as I know it is, yes, an employer can require an employee to provide a doctor's note, even if the employer does not offer health insurance and even if the employee doesn't have health insurance. I am very sorry and I wish I had better news.
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That is correct, unfortunately.
If it were me in this situation I'd take the completely honest approach and explain that I don't have health coverage because I can't afford it, and that if my employer would like a doctor's note they will need to cover the cost of the doctor's visit. If they don't want to do that, I'll explain that they have to take my word I am sick.
Yes, it seems like termination would be a gross overreaction. Of course I don't know your employer and can't predict what they will do, but I do have a hard time believing they'd fire an employee with good attendance over something like this.
Exactly. That's really the approach you want to take. You don't really have any legal leverage here, so you want to work with your employer. The bot***** *****ne is that employers don't terminate employees without what they feel is a good reason. It costs time and money to hire replacements, so firing employers without a good reason just hurts their business. If your son can explain in courteous and professional terms why he can't provide the doctor's note unless his employer pays, but that he's happy to cooperate in any other way that he can, I just can't imagine an employer taking disciplinary action under those circumstances.
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