Can an employer instruct that I must provide a medical certificate for all future sick leave?

Question Details: My employer has handed me a letter stating that for every future sick day, I must automatically provide a medical certificate. They have also stated that I must meet all expenses myself. This is not included in my employment contract. Can it be introduced and enforced without any prior consultation? Or should sick leave be considered on a case by case basis?

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Your employer can request a medical certificate whenever you take sick leave. But you can't be required to meet all expenses.

If you are away for 3 or more consecutive days, you must pay the medical bill to receive the medical certificate. Note that those days include non-working days, so you can be asked for a certificate if you are away (for example) on a Friday and a Monday, even if you don't usually weekends.

If you are sick for less than 3 days, your employer should reimburse the medical fees. You can find out more information here: www.dol.govt.nz and www.dol.govt.nz

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