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Ontario Medical Association President Dr. Scott Wooder doesn't think your boss should ask for a note if you are forced to stay home sick.

In a statement posted to the OMA website this week, Wooder urged employers not to to require doctor's notes for employees that are ill.

"(Requiring notes) has a discouraging effect and forces patients into the doctor’s office when they are sick, which only encourages the spread of germs to those in the waiting room, who in some cases are more vulnerable," said Wooder.

Those that are more vulnerable to illness include people with chronic diseases, seniors, and children.

Most employees that spoke to Newstalk 1010 Thursday morning agree that doctor's notes for relatively minor illnesses are a waste of time, but there may be value in requiring employees to prove and extended illness.

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Ontario Medical Association President Dr. Scott Wooder doesn't think your boss should ask for a note if you are forced to stay home sick.

In a statement posted to the OMA website this week, Wooder urged employers not to to require doctor's notes for employees that are ill.

"(Requiring notes) has a discouraging effect and forces patients into the doctor’s office when they are sick, which only encourages the spread of germs to those in the waiting room, who in some cases are more vulnerable," said Wooder.

Those that are more vulnerable to illness include people with chronic diseases, seniors, and children.

Most employees that spoke to Newstalk 1010 Thursday morning agree that doctor's notes for relatively minor illnesses are a waste of time, but there may be value in requiring employees to prove and extended illness.

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