07 February 2019
The obligations of a sick employee
The employee must immediately inform you of his illness. This can be done by telephone, e-mail, SMS, ... . Agreements on this subject can be fixed in the work regulations. An employee who doesn't fulfill this obligation has - except in case of force majeure - no right to guaranteed wages.
He must submit a medical certificate if this is provided in a collective labor agreement or the work regulations. When it's not provided, you must ask the employee yourself to submit a medical certificate. The delivery period is determined in the work regulations or the collective labor agreement. If no delivery period has been set, the medical certificate must be delivered within 2 working days from the day of sickness.
As an employer you have the right to call in a medical doctor. An employee can not refuse this. The inspection takes place during the entire duration of the illness and is not limited to the period covered by the guaranteed wage. In the work regulations it can be provided that the employee is obliged to be available for the medical doctor for a maximum period of 4 hours, situated between 7 o'clock in the morning and 8 o'clock in the evening. If the employee disregards the inspection without reason, you can refuse to pay a guaranteed wage for the absent period prior to the day of the inspection.