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Can a Dutch employer request a doctor's note after I called in sick?

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Dilpreet Kaur

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( 7 months ago )

 

I'm employed in the Netherlands and have been off sick due to migraine for two days. My employer has now asked me to provide a doctor's note for those two days. Are they allowed to request this or can I self-certify for the first few days in the Netherlands? I've only just moved here and don't know much about my rights.

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Sarah Jones

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( 7 months ago )

I have never ever had to do this (also in the Netherlands). When you are sick for a longer time (over a week), or your employer is expecting foul play, you get a phone call from a doctor, asking you how you are doing. Personally, this has never happened to me, and I have never heard about this from anyone being sick for 2 days. Is this a Dutch company or international? International companies tend to be stricter with this in my experience. Still, I do not think it's normal practice but I do not think it is against the law either. I guess it should be either in your contract or the company guidelines.

This is the reason why I ask this always in my first week at a new company, what the procedure about calling in sick is.

Maybe this link (in dutch) can provide you with some more info: https://www.fnv.nl/themas/ziekte-en-re-integratie/re-integratie/bedrijfsarts/

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