Employee privacy trumps business interestsArbitrator orders employer to stop asking for detailed medical information for short-term disability benefitsBy Jeffrey R. Smith09/10/2008|Canadian Employment Law Today In a faceoff between an employer’s business interests and employee privacy, the British Columbia Arbitration Board has limited a B.C. company’s requirements for medical information while a privacy complaint is decided. Accenture Business Services, a consulting and outsourcing company, had a sick leave policy where it required a medical certificate for absences of more than five working days. More than four of these absences in one year sometimes resulted in a request for a medical exam. Usually, Accenture would ask for a medical certificate or examination on a case-by-case basis. However, on March 20, 2006, it developed a short-term disability plan with its benefits administrator that included a form asking for information such as primary and secondary diagnoses, symptoms, all test results and consultation reports, medications taken, history of similar conditions, pregnancy, current treatment and specialist reports. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.