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Is your employee’s doctor an ‘FMLA specialist’?

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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 and/or when employees are required to work mandatory overtime. The “serious medical conditions” being certified seem mostly to be based on psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety.

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

If you spot such a trend, 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 (see below).

Recent case: Leonard Platt was a crew dispatcher for CSX Transportation. His doctor completed an FMLA inte...(register to read more)

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