Medical Certification Requests

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Department of Labor Issues Updated FMLA Forms - June 2015

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued updated model Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) certification and notification forms, with a new expiration date of May 31, 2018. Employers using the DOL forms...more

The CFRA Amendments: How to Prepare Your Organization

On March 4, 2015, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council approved updates to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations. These updates, which took effect on July 1, 2015, clarify certain CFRA provisions...more

New FMLA Forms Issued by Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor recently revised the model Family and Medical Leave Act notices and medical certification forms to be given to employees in connection with the FMLA. The forms are not substantially changed from the...more

An Employer’s Obligation to Follow up after Receiving a Medical Certification: Greater Than You Might Think

If an employee seeks FMLA leave, she typically needs to ask for it. Likewise, it goes without saying that if an employee is asked to provide a medical certification in support of her request (something employers are free to...more

Changes Affecting Employers’ CFRA Policies and Procedures Begin Today

On July 1, 2015, the recent amendments to the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) regulations go into effect. Employers who are covered by the CFRA should be aware of these changes as they will impact how they handle family...more

Third Circuit Offers Key Guidance on FMLA Regulations for Employers

Recently, the Third Circuit has issued two opinions that clarify the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations, giving crucial guidance to employers in navigating how to handle employees’ leave requests....more

Is Your Company Prepared for the Changes to CFRA Leave?

The changes to employees’ rights to take leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) go into effect July 1, 2015. Your company should be prepared only if it has done the following (...). The amended CFRA...more

Employer's Lack of FMLA Compliance in Handling FMLA Leave Request is a Lesson for the Rest of Us

Want a glimpse into a world where an employer fails to maintain a legally compliant leave management process?  Let me warn you — what you are about to read is not pretty and not for the faint of heart....more

Supervisor Not "Qualified Individual" Under ADA after Failing DOT Medical Certification

Determining the essential functions of a job can be tricky, especially if there is no information or documentation with which to compare and consider. In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit considered...more

The need for actual medical evidence in disability cases

Employers frequently call with concerns about employees who self disclose an alleged disabling condition that is not readily apparent, and who claim substantial limitations as a result. The employer’s concerns center on when...more

The Best of 2014: Sending FMLA Notices by Mail/Email, Requiring Doctor's Notes for Intermittent FMLA Absences Among Most Popular...

It’s the final week of the year, so while everyone else in the world is playing with their latest version of iPhone and other new electronic gadgets, I spend my time analyzing this year’s FMLA blog posts and agonizing over...more

Failure to Advise Employee of Consequences of Not Returning Medical Certification Form Results in FMLA Interference Verdict

The Family and Medical Leave Act permits employers to require eligible employees to submit medical certification of their need for personal or companionship FMLA leave. Under Department of Labor rules, employees have 15 days...more

Sixth Circuit Rules FedEx Failed to Properly Explain FMLA to Employee

The Sixth Circuit Court recently affirmed a jury verdict in favor of an employee in a major Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim. According to the decision, FedEx was liable for failing to provide the...more

Employer Requiring Doctor's Note for Intermittent Leave Violated FMLA

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon recently held that an employer's requirement that employees on intermittent leave provide a doctor's note for each absence violated the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

FMLA FAQ: Can An Employer Designate FMLA Leave When An Employee Refuses To Provide Medical Certification?

I received a ton of feedback last week in response to my post about whether an employee can decline FMLA leave even though the absence qualifies under the Act. One question, in particular, was thrown at me repeatedly, and it...more

Can An Employee Insist That The Employer Pay For FMLA Medical Certification?

Let's put our heads together on this one. You see, it appears as though far too many employees have bought into the notion that their employer is always responsible for the cost of obtaining medical certification to support...more

Conquering The FMLA Medical Certification Process: A Recap Of Our Webinar

Thanks to those who attended my webinar last week with Matt Morris on "Conquering the FMLA Medical Certification Process: Best Practices for Employers." We covered a whole host of topics during the webinar: How...more

DOL Busts Employer For Requiring Annual Medical Certification Without Leave Request

The DOL is on a roll, and employers can't be amused....more

Employee Fired For Absences Exceeding His Certification Can Raise A Viable FMLA Claim

Have you ever made a rash decision that you wish you could take back the second you made it? ...more

Yahoo's Sweetened Parental Leave Policy Raises Practical FMLA Certification Issues For Moms And Dads In The Workplace

It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more

Bill Passed In Maryland General Assembly Expanding Protections Against Pregnancy Discrimination To Maryland Employees

The General Assembly recently passed a bill which expands protections against pregnancy discrimination to employees in Maryland. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Governor O’Malley and, if signed, will take effect...more

FMLA FAQ: How Long Can An Employer Rely On A Second Or Third Opinion Under The FMLA?

We have become more aggressive on suspected cases of FMLA abuse and, as a result, we have sent a greater number of employees for second and third opinions after they turn in medical certification. Once we have received the...more

Court Rules That Third Party Administrators Can Be Held Liable For FMLA-Related Violations

Employers often outsource to third party administrators the task of managing their FMLA processes. Under this model, the TPA handles FMLA requests, paperwork and approvals instead of the employer's human resources or...more

How Can Congress Improve The FMLA? Let's Count the Ways...

Over the past month, as we recognized the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, advocates for employees and employers have been clamoring for changes to the Act. ...more

Changes to FEHA Pregnancy Regulations

New pregnancy regulations proposed by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) were approved on November 30, 2012. The changes to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which applies to employers with...more

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