Can I direct an employee to attend medical assessments?
Generally, yes, provided that the employer has good reason for directing the employee to attend medical assessments.
‘Good reason’ includes where the employer genuinely needs information from that medical assessment to:
- protect the workers’ own workplace safety, or the workplace safety of others, or
- for genuine operational reasons (for example, an employer might wish to know an employee’s long term prognosis and fitness for work to allow for workplace planning).
In every employment contract, written or not, there is an implied term that the employee must obey