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THE LAW: The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually to recover from a serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.

To determine whether an employee or family member has a condition that meets the FMLA’s definition of “serious health condition,” employers should review the medical certification they receive from the employee’s health care provider.

WHAT’S NEW: In January 2009, the Bush administration published updated FMLA regulations. One key section clarifies the rules regarding who may request additional information about an employee’s FMLA certification—and how it should be sought.

The good news: The new rules allow employers to directly contact an employee’s health care provider to seek clarification on an employee’s FMLA certification form.

HOW TO COMPLY: To maintain employee privacy, the new rules clarify who can make su...(register to read more)

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