ajobbins:Klipspringer:Not many employers would argue a medical certificate unless of course its pretty easy to tell its fake.
An "easily obtained" medical certificate is still valid. But in most cases it still requires a visit to the GP to get one.
Yeah, I meant more that you could go to a doctor, fake a headache, or depression etc and obtain a legitimate certificate, but under false pretences.
I agree with what you saying. But in my experience most people won't go to that extreme (actually go an see a doctor). They just call in sick (runny nose/got the flu), and hardly ever is a medical certificate provided, or even asked for by the employer. Most people don't actually realize that the employer has the right to see a medical certificate, in most cases if it goes pear shaped, well then the employee is already in the wrong. They just don't realize it because they are unfamiliar with the law.
Out of all the times I have taken "sick leave" here in NZ I have never had to prove I was sick and supply a certificate. If I was asked for one after I returned to work, I would in many cases not have been able to produce one.