It's not uncommon for employers to request a medical certificate from their employees only to be given a bogus medical certificate.
If your employer pulls this stunt, you must take appropriate steps to deal with the matter in a legal manner.
How to act if your believe your employees' medical certificate is bogus
If your employees' medical certificate provides inadequate information, or if you think it contains dishonest or fraudulent information, you may not have to pay the employee for the alleged sick leave, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
In these circumstances, even though you've received a medical certificate, but have a reason to believe your employee has obtained it in a fraudulent manner, or if you suspect the employee has abused his or her sick leave, you may institute disciplinary action against your employee.
You can easily check whether a doctor's certificate is forged, by contacting the doctor and requesting him to verify the certificate's authenticity. If you suspect the doctor has issued a certificate when the employee wasn't ill, you can report this doctor to the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Remember, you can't discipline on the basis of suspicion, you MUST have evidence.
It's advisable that you notify all your employees that you won't accept medical certificates in future unless they meet the following requirements, advises FSPBusiness: