How "independent" is a company nominated doctor considered to be? Does this not lead to claims of bias where the doctor appears to always "take the company's side"?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 August 2012 Issues covered:

It is extremely common for employers to reserve the right to nominate a doctor to carry out a medical assessment on employees on sick leave. Where an employee objects to the nomination of a particular doctor on the basis of that doctor's independence, the company could consider looking at some of the following options, such as appointing a mutually agreed doctor or proceeding with the company nominated doctor and offering the employee the opportunity to submit their own medical evidence for consideration by the company. Alternatively, the employee might be asked to provide consent for the company nominated doctor to contact the employee's own doctor to discuss the employee's current medical

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