Paid sick and hospitalisation leave is a basic protection under the Employment Act and is also a core benefit in collective agreements.
In accordance with the Employment Act, employers should provide paid sick leave and bear the costs of the medical consultation when an employee is issued a medical certificate by a government or company-approved doctor. The list of doctors recognised by the company should be clearly communicated to all employees.
There are many reasons why an employee could have sought medical treatment from a doctor who is not on the company's approved list. Employers should find out the reasons from their employees, and exercise flexibility.
Regardless, employers are expected to excuse their employees from work if they are on sick leave or hospitalisation leave, in accordance with the instructions from their medical doctors.