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Is it legal for my employer to request a doctor's note to prove I went to the Doctor?

Lawrence, MA |

We have extended illness benefits (sick time) but we can only use these benefits if we prove we went to the Doctor's in the form of a note from the Doctor. My Doctor says that my employer cannot request a Doctor's note because it violates the HIPPA laws. Is this true?

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Attorney answers 1


Your doctor may be correct. If you authorize your doctor to provide the note to your employer, there is no HIPPA violation. The employer's request sounds reasonable--how else to prove you are entitled to the benefits?

Hope you have a speedy recovery.

Jay M. Wolman
D'Angelo & Hashem, LLC
Admitted to practice in MA, NY & DC

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