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December 05, 2011

Refusal to provide doctor’s note concerning absence from work


Refusal to provide doctor’s note concerning absence from work
Carr v. Ross, 81 A.D.2d 999

A teacher, absent for five days, was paid for three days of the absence alleged due to a back injury but the school district refused to pay for absence beyond the third day without a doctor’s note verifying an illness or injury.

The teacher refused to provide a doctor’s note and resigned “because of his employer’s insistence that he furnish a doctor’s note before he would be paid for two of the days he was absent”. He also stated that he belonged to a religious group that forbids the use of medical doctors except in life or death situations.

The Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board found that the educator had left employment for personal and non-compelling reasons and disqualified him for benefits.


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