Q: Do I need to sign a form if I'm now NOT taking time from work for a previously scheduled procedure that I cancelled?
Basically, I asked for 3 days off for a very minor procedure. I have the days. I work in a Catholic School. They wanted documentation from a doctor. I have major privacy issues in this school. Even though HIPPA was again explained (which I know all about it), I chose to not have the procedure done during school time. I will reschedule. I now don't need the time off. I now need to sign some piece of paper that outlines our conversation. I'm being told this is so I can't come back and say they didn't deny me time off for medical. Can they ask me to sign that? I asked for time, expressed my privacy concern, had my rights given to me, still chose to cancel and now am not taking time off. Now I have to sign this?
A: Employers these days do everything they can to protect themselves. They are highly likely telling you the truth, that having you sign the document is simply intended to prevent you from claiming they wouldn't give you the time off later on. From the employer's viewpoint, it makes perfect sense. From your viewpoint it ought to be "No harm, no foul;" in other words, it costs you nothing to make your employer happy, it doesn't jeopardize your rights in any way, and signing it will likely cause them to more readily grant your later request when you decide to have the procedure.
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