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Suspect doc is a ‘certification specialist’? Ask for second and even third opinions

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It happens more often than you might think. An HR office begins receiving an unusual number of FMLA certifications from the same doctor. The sudden deluge happens during peak production times when employees are required to work mandatory overtime. The “serious medical conditions” being certified seem mostly to be based on psychological conditions like stress and anxiety.

It all points to what amounts to a scam: Employees have found a sympathetic health care provider to help them avoid overtime by providing medical certifications attesting to the need for intermittent FMLA leave.

If you spot such a trend in your workplace, don’t hesitate to insist on second and possibly even third medical opinions. The FMLA allows employers to get such certifications when they have a reasonable belief that the first certification isn’t quite legitimate.

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