FMLA/CFRA Certifications: How to Get the Info You Need to Properly Designate Absences

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Medical certification rules are designed to help you verify whether a request for leave, be it long-term or intermittent, is protected under FMLA/CFRA.

But what happens when the employee repeatedly forgets to give you the certification form to his doctor, or fails to return it by the specified deadline? And what if the healthcare provider is actually the obstacle in your path? You've got to get that information somehow, but the law -- particularly California law -- doesn't make it easy.

Plus, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about employers’ obligations when requesting certifications in light of the final regulations on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Do you need to update your certification form in light of these changes?

It's a must for you to know how to get the information you need without crossing legal boundaries.