HR-16-1 Written Verification/Certification of Need
COCC reserves the right to require an employee to provide written verification or certification of need from a health care provider for absences due to personal illness, or for purposes of the illness of a family member, which last more than three (3) consecutive workdays. Written verification may also be requested when the college suspects an employee is abusing sick time, including a "pattern of abuse." A "pattern of abuse" includes, but is not limited to, repeatedly using unscheduled sick time around holidays, weekends, paydays, or vacation days. When requested, medical verification must be provided within 15 calendar days of the request by the college to the employee. Failure to provide requested verification will result in consequences consistent with other college employment policies including disciplinary action. If an out-of-pocket cost results from the doctor's visit for the employee to obtain certification, the College shall pay for this cost as verified by the "Explanation of Benefits" provided by the insurance carrier or a paid receipt from the doctor's office.