ABCs of Medical Information: How-to guidance on requesting, using and disclosing employee medical information

Health-related issues in the workplace often impel employers to request employees’ medical information — for example, medical documentation may be sought in granting sick leave and determining eligibility for benefits, fulfilling the duty to accommodate, and managing workplace attendance. Obtaining accurate, reliable information from qualified medical practitioners while respecting employee privacy rights is often a challenging task. Employers and unions both need to know where the line should be drawn between an employee’s right to privacy and the employer’s legitimate requirements for medical documentation. In this session, medical and legal experts will provide guidance on the “dos and don’ts” of accessing medical information