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Occupational Care SA finds one in five employee sick notes is a fake!

by , 14 August 2014
If you're an employer, chances are a number of your employees have been absent this week and some have had to produce sick notes.

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but of those sick notes, at least one of them is a fake and - there's proof to back this up.

A recent report by Occupational Care SA has found that one in five employee sick notes is a fake. Read on to find out more about this report and what you can do to ensure you don't get duped when it comes to sick notes.

Here's what Occupational Care SA found about fake sick notes


Occupational Care SA says 15% to 20% of sick notes are fraudulent.

According to The Times, the company's analysts looked for suspicious signs such as sick days taken on Mondays or Fridays, or if a staff member was prone to taking a day off here and there throughout the year.

They discovered that the big driver behind fake sick notes is unscrupulous doctors.

In fact, according to Occupational Care SA risk and wellness executive, Reggie Stiglingh, there are many cases in which doctors charged R50 for a sick note.

She also said you must be wary of 'doctor hopping'. This is when employees always produce sick notes signed by different doctors.

But what can you do about the issue of sick notes so you don't get duped?
 

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Check for these three things to determine whether or not your employee's sick note is a fake


In this article, experts behind The Complete Guide to Managing Sick Leave say you need to:
 

  • Check that the medical certificate is an original and has a valid date
  • Check for the medical practitioner's initials; and
  • Verify the medical practice's address and registration number.


Sick leave abuse is a huge problem. Many employees go as far as producing fake sick notes. So check every sick note that comes your way to ensure it isn't fraudulent.
 



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