We joined forces with BC College of Family Physicians to offer you an updated sick note template for employers. It’s all part of our advocacy efforts to reduce unnecessary paperwork for family doctors.
In our member survey, you named administrative burdens, such as sick notes, as one of your top gripes. You told us sick notes are frustrating because they take time and require you to assess a patient’s wellness for work without sufficient information to determine whether they can return to the job. Sick note requests are especially senseless for short absences from work. Some of you don’t bother billing or can’t bill for them.
We need to lobby the provincial government to table sick note legislation and limit the circumstances in which employers can require sick notes. Until these needed changes arrive, our sick note template is available to ease this administrative burden.