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You already know that you must request your employee to produce a valid medical certificate if he's been absent from work for more than two days in a row or more than twice in eight weeks.
But what happens when your employee produces a medical certificate issued by a traditional healer?
Do you have to acceptmedical certificates from traditional healers?
The short answer currently is 'NO!'
A medical certificate must be issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person certified to diagnose and treat patients. This person must be registered with a professional council established by an Act of Parliament, says the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.
This excludes the submission of certificates from traditional healers, sangomas and witch doctors, as these people are currently NOT recognised by a medical council.(But remember while legally you don't have to accept a traditional healer medical certificate, your company can choose to accept them as part of your company's sick leave policy.)
What should a medical certificate contain?
No matter what type of medical certificate your employee brings in, it needs to contain the following information according to The Ethical and Professional Rules of the Medical and Dental Professions Board for the Health Professions Council of South Africa:
So be sure to check that your employee's medical certificate contains the above mentioned details.
Knowing what type of medical certificates you have to accept will ensure you don't get duped by employees who produce certificates from medical practitioners not recognised by the medical council.