.111 Employees may request Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave to care for the employee's seriously ill spouse, son, daughter, parent, or due to the employee's own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to do the duties of his or her position. (See Attendance and Leave Manual Policy Bulletin No. 94-01 for general information on the kinds of circumstances under which FMLA leave must be granted, determining eligibility and procedures to be followed when such leave is requested.) Where an employee requests FMLA leave to care for a seriously ill family member or because of the employee's own serious health condition, employers may require such request to be supported by a medical certification issued by the health care provider of the employee or the employee's ill family member. (See Medical Certification Form, Attachment B, Policy Bulletin No. 94-01.)
If an employee submits an incomplete medical certification, agencies must so advise the employee and provide him or her with a reasonable opportunity to provide the missing information. If the employee submits a complete certification signed by a health care provider, an agency may NOT request additional information from the health care provider. If an agency has a valid reason to doubt the validity of a medical certification, they may request EHS to render a second medical opinion. In the case of a request to care for a seriously ill family member, EHS, based on its review of the medical certification submitted, will provide an opinion as to whether the family member has a "serious health condition" and whether the employee is “needed to care for” the family member, as those are defined under the FMLA.
In the case of a request for leave due to the employee's own serious health condition, EHS, based on its review of the medical certification submitted, will provide an opinion as to whether the employee has a “serious health condition” as defined under FMLA.
.112 Location—FMLA reviews are conducted at the EHS medical examination center in Cohoes.