Medical Certification -
An employer may require that an employee's FMLA leave to care for the employee's qualifying family member with a serious health condition, or due to the employee's own serious health condition, be supported by a certification issued by the health care provider of the employee or the employee's family member. An employer must give notice (written or oral, as applicable) of a requirement for medical certification each time it is required.
In most cases, the employer should request that an employee furnish certification from a health care provider at the time the employee gives notice of the need for leave or within five business days thereafter, or, in the case of unforeseen leave, within five business days after the leave commences.
Complete and Sufficient
The employee must provide a complete and sufficient medical certification to the employer, if required by the employer.
At the time the employer requests certification, the employer must also advise an employee of the anticipated consequences of an employee's failure to provide adequate certification.
For more information on the consequences of failing to provide certification, see § 825.313.
Continue to Medical Certification – Content or Return to Required Documentation/Certifications from Employees.
For more information on this aspect of the FMLA, see the FMLA regulations:
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