Quirky Question #261, When will our employee return?
We’re a large company with offices in many locations, including in California, Minnesota, Washington and New York City. We often have disabled employees provide doctors’ notes that say they are unable to work, but that do not provide an expected date the employee will be cleared medically to return. When we ask these individuals for a return date, they usually say they don’t know or that their doctor told them they need to be off work for “as long as necessary.” We have no idea whether this means one week or one year. Do we have to grant employees leave if there is no end in sight? It makes planning on our end very difficult.