Absence due to illness
Most of the companies I've worked for in Belgium have required a medical certificate even for one day of absence due to illness (in fact I understand this is the law). As I have so far been lucky enough not to be ill very often i was wondering how this works in practice, especially with minor conditions that wouldn't normally require treatment. Are you meant to spend the day trying to book a doctor's appointment to certify you have a bad cold/food poisoning/etc., or go a day or two later when you may well be recovered anyway? What if you're not feeling well enough to leave the house but don't need urgent medical attention - would a doctor be willing to do a home visit just to provide a certificate?
I know Belgium has an absenteeism problem, but doesn't all this just encourage people to go to work when they're unwell and potentially infect others?