Sep 12, 2006
Employee submitted a letter on health care provider stating that he was under his care and would be unable to work. Employee was out for 60 work days, had seen the doctor more than twice and doctor only stated a serious health condition. FMLA Coordinator approved the leave. The supervisor is questioning the serious health condition (diagnosis)
Response from Ms. Franzoi
To qualify for an FMLA leave, an employee must provide medical certification from a health care provider of his need for the leave due to a serious health condition. The physician does not have to state the nature of the illness only indicate that it is a serious illness. The FMLA Coordinator has the right to require the employee to obtain a second or third opinion from another health care provider at the company's expense to confirm that the illness is serious.
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