You are working for a company that is covered by the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) and you have requested leave under the CFMLA.  Then your employer requests a certification from your doctor that you are entitled to take leave.  You employer is entitled to such a certification.  So, if such a request is made here are the four things you must have in your CFMLA certification.

1. The date on which the serious health condition started.

2. The probable duration of the serious health condition.

3. Medical facts known to the medical provider about the condition.

4. A statement that the eligable employee can't perform their own job, or that they must care for their spouse, child, or parent.  

Remember, that the CFMLA applies only to large employers that have 75 or more employees.  Therefore, many employers of that size have a dedicated HR employee who will normally us a standard "FMLA form" to give to your doctor.  These FMLA forms will contain all of the questions for a FMLA certification.  Your doctor will simply have to fill in the form.  

But if your doctor is not given the form that contains all of the FMLA questions to answer, and if your doctor does not know what information to put into the certificaiton they might prepare a defective certification.  Therefore, it helps to know the four items you need to have in your FMLA certificate.  They are listed above.

If you or anyone you know is taking FMLA, and your employer has requested a certification don't hesitate to contact the New London, Connecticut Family and Medical Leave lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, PC., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT. at 860 445 8521 or toll free at 888 717 4211. 

Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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