Chiropractic treatment: do sick benefits apply?

Maintenance Utility Man Charley Colman was out five weeks because of a neck ailment. When he returned to work he put in for sick benefits. "Where's your doctor's note?" Maintenance Foreman Greg Richards asked. "I don't have one.

01/01/1998


Maintenance Utility Man Charley Colman was out five weeks because of a neck ailment. When he returned to work he put in for sick benefits.

"Where's your doctor's note?" Maintenance Foreman Greg Richards asked.

"I don't have one. I was treated by a chiropractor. I have a letter from him."

"Sorry," Richards replied, "you're not eligible. To be covered by the policy you need medical proof of illness from a doctor or other certified medical practitioner. A chiropractor doesn't qualify."

Colman protested that he was being ripped off. He threatened to file a grievance if his claim wasn't honored. Richards decided to talk to his boss regarding the situation.

Question: If Colman follows through with his threat, how would you rate his chances of winning?

Bellini's verdict: Plant Engineer Cortland Bellini made a quick decision when brought up to date by the supervisor.

"Approve Colman's benefits claim. Payment is clearly specified in the labor agreement and doesn't require a doctor's certification. Unless specifically exempted, chiropractic treatment is acceptable."





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