Against Doctor's Orders
Pregnant employee has been ordered to 2 weeks of bedrest. If she wanted to ignore doctor's orders and return to work, can she? At this point, I have no paperwork stating that she must be off work. It got me wondering 1) normally we don't require doctor certification for pregnancy, so do I need paperwork for this (I think yes)? 2) Are people "allowed" to disregard recommendations from their doctors regardless if we have FMLA paperwork or not? I can see both sides. As an employer we wouldn't want something to happen and be covered by worker's comp (would her going into preterm labor be covered by WC anyway??), but if you as the employee/patient don't agree with the doctor's opinion, shouldn't you have the right to do what you want with your body? I may be opening an opinionated can of worms, but apparently today is a day of questioning authority.