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. 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.”