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FMLA certification: Collect medical-leave proof the right way

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THE LAW. The FMLA lets eligible employees take up to 12 weeks of un-paid, job-protected leave each year for their own "serious health condition," or if the employee is caring for a parent, spouse or child with a serious condition.

To help determine whether an ailment rises to the level of a "serious condition," you can require employees to provide an FMLA medical certification. Essentially, that's a doctor's note that lays out the facts of the ailment, how long it's likely to last and more. In certain cases, you can ask for recertification to verify the person's continuing need for FMLA leave.

The law doesn't require employers to obtain medical certification from em-ployees who take FMLA leave. In fact, you can choose to ask for it in certain situations but not others. Still, it's best to set a consistent practice regarding when you require FMLA medical certifications and to treat all employees seeking leave in the ...(register to read more)

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