Medical Certification Requests

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Employers May Not Deny FMLA Leave Requests Without Allowing an Opportunity to Cure a Deficient Medical Certification

On September 17, 2015, the New Jersey Appellate Division emphasized that an employer has “modest burdens” to not only advise employees of their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), but also must advise...more

Executive Orders: The Employment Transformers for Federal Contractors

As we have detailed on several occasions over the past year, President Obama has used executive orders to implement sweeping new workplace policies for federal contractors and their employees. For example, the president has...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Mandatory Sick Leave

The executive order poses another significant financial and administrative burden for federal contractors. Continuing his practice of using executive orders to implement his labor and employment agenda, on September 7,...more

Amendments to the California Family Rights Act Take Effect

On July 1, 2015, amendments revamping the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) went into effect. CFRA is a regulation that provides employees with up to 12 workweeks of leave within a 12-month period for a qualifying event,...more

BREAKING: Obama Administration Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Provide Employees Paid Sick Leave

On September 7, 2015, the President issued the Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Executive Order (the “Order”) requiring federal contractors to provide up to 56 hours (7 days) of paid sick leave per year to...more

Americans with Disabilities Act: Focusing on Reasonable Accommodations

Employees are asking for reasonable accommodations more often and for a wider array of medical conditions. The kinds of accommodations sought are more varied than ever, including working from home, extended leave, allowances...more

US Employers Face New California Family Rights Requirements in July

California employers have until July 1 to revise their policies and practices, train employees and distribute notices under the new amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Similar to the federal Family and...more

Make Sure your Company is Using Updated FMLA Medical Certification Forms

When requesting medical certification of the need for FMLA leave, most employers rely on the U.S. Department of Labor’s certification forms. DOL publishes four medical certification forms, based on the specific kind of FMLA...more

If Pain, Yes Gain – Part XI: Pittsburgh Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

Following the lead set by Philadelphia earlier this year, the Pittsburgh City Council passed the “Paid Sick Days Act” (“the Act”) on August 3, 2015. If the Act is signed into law by Mayor Bill Peduto, which is expected,...more

New Amendments To The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Regulations

The Fair Employment and Housing Council recently adopted significant amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations, which took effect on July 1, 2015. The CFRA provides family and medical leave to...more

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

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