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Hello, I am planning to return to work from a short term leave from depression. My psychologist wants me to attend weekly meetings with her during my gradual return to work over 4 weeks and a few appointments when I am back to full time. The problem is her hours are only during my work hours.
I checked our company’s Return To Work policy and it says that staff are expected to attend doctor and therapy appointments outside of work hours; if we attend these appointments during work hours we won’t get paid. I am wondering if they have a right to do that? Don’t they have an obligation to accommodate me for my disability, if the only time I can get treatment for my depression is during work hours? Thank you.
Thank you for your question. They are required to give you the time off to attend the appointments, but do not have to pay you for that time.