Sometimes if we know an employee has sustained a serious injury or illness that might impact their ability to work (even if it didn't occur on our property) we will ask them to get a note from a doctor establishing that they are healthy enough to return to work. This is primarily to make sure we don't accidentally damage them further. We have an employee that was hospitalized for nearly a week, and she tells us her doctor called it a mini-stroke, but prescribed no meds, only diet and exercise. He is unwilling to write a note saying she is fit to return to work without restrictions.
My questions are:
1) Do we expose ourselves to any liability by putting her back to work without any assurance from her doctor, if she should have another episode?
2) She has offered to write us a note, herself, saying that her doctor refused to do this and that she absolves us of any said liability. Is this something we should consider?
3) Are we overthinking the whole thing? If she says she's fine, should we just put her back to work without anybody writing anything?
As always, thank you in advance for your input.