Doctor's Notes

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Doctor's Notes

I need to give my employer six weeks notice of my expected last day of work in a written letter. They've also asked me for a doctor's note stating my expected due date. Is this common for employer's to do? I didn't really think anything of it when they asked me to provide these two things; but, a friend is now telling me that it's almost "illegal" for them to ask for such a thing...

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I'm not sure about the law, but I've heard of this happening before.

Seems odd to me though.

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I have to request a leave of absence, and give dates for my short term disability and FMLA.

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I looked it up after I posted this and, in the province I'm living, I guess they're allowed to ask for one. It states that maternity leave can begin anywhere from 12 weeks to your due date. I wonder if it's just to show that you're starting your leave within that time frame... Beats me! I'll get one, anyway. I don't see it as a big deal if all they're requesting is a note with the expected due date stated.

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Doesn't seem any different than me having to have my doctor fill out paperwork explaining and authorizing my FMLA leave - he has to certify that I have a medical issue (pregnancy) and it includes due dates and stuff...

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

Doesn't seem any different than me having to have my doctor fill out paperwork explaining and authorizing my FMLA leave - he has to certify that I have a medical issue (pregnancy) and it includes due dates and stuff...

To the bold: "medical issue". So strange to have it worded like that.

The other day DH said "... when you're healthy..." and I said "Since when am I unhealthy?" hahaha. He meant I can't do certain things because I'm pregnant (rollercoasters, skydiving, bungee jumping...) but still it was strange because of course I'm healthy, I'm just pregnant.
Same with you, you don't have a "medical issue"... you're pregnant! LOL!

Just makes me giggle, thats all.

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For those in Canada going through this the first time, we need to give at least 2 weeks notice, preferably six for most employers. However, there are some minor details that need to be understood.

1) Maternity leave: Can be taken up to 12 weeks before baby is born, but usually only lasts 1 year. That means if you start 12 weeks early, it will end about when baby is 9 months old.
2) medical leave: Can be taken until baby is born.

SO…

If you have to tell your employer you are taking leave prior to baby being born, you will need to word it carefully that you are taking medical leave UNTIL THE BIRTH OF YOUR BABY, and maternity leave wil start AFTER the birth of your baby. Then you can give an estimated due date.
This wording ensures that you get your FULL one year maternity leave (if you want it, or give it to SO), and possibly some time prior to baby’s birth.

Some employers get rather annoyed when you find out these details because they aren’t used to people actually knowing the details and it costs them more money to pay medical leave AND Pregnancy leave. But, if you have a benefits package at your job, why shouldn’t you use it? Or more appropriately, why should your employer guilt you out of using the benefits package that you agreed to upon employment? Your employer agreed to it just as much as you did, they should hold up their end of the deal too.

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Im not really sure... since I am in the military, I needed to provide that information, in writing from my doctor to my command up front but the military is very different.