2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Medical Examinations

The college may refer employees for psychological or substance-abuse treatment and, with reasonable suspicion, for drug or alcohol testing. Responsibility for the payment of medical exams and for medical care rests with the employee, as does selection of the physician or counseling agency, unless otherwise noted in District Board of Trustees policies. Should an employee be unable to perform his or her duties at full capacity because of what appears to be an illness or disorientation of any kind, the supervisor or other appropriate authority may request that the employee return home and/or see a physician. The employee will be charged sick leave during such action.

A note from a physician may be required if:

  • An employee has been absent for an extended period of sick leave. A supervisor may require medical certification be provided after three missed workdays in a 30 calendar day period for sick leave; after 10 consecutive days of absence for sick leave, the employee must submit a medical certification before any additional use of sick leave credits can be authorized.

  • An employee has been absent due to illness or injury under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An absence of three or more consecutive days may qualify an employee for job-protected leave under the FMLA. (See section titled Family and Medical Leave Act.)

  • An employee has a habitual record of absence, in the opinion of his/her supervisor, whether or not it is for an extended period of time.

  • In the opinion of a supervisor and/or co-workers, an employee shows signs of not having recovered sufficiently from an illness or injury, to the extent that the employee’s safety and health and that of others around him/her are threatened.

  • An employee has been absent due to illness or injury in the line of duty and workers’ compensation rules mandate doctor's permission before returning to work.

  • There appears to be other sufficient reason for an employee’s supervisor to require a physician's note.