Q & A Session – Denying FMLA without Medical Documentation


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


If an employee requests FMLA and has enough paid time off, but will not tell his or her supervisor the medical reason, can the supervisor deny FMLA?


Yes. OPM regulations permit agencies to request medical evidence to support an FMLA absence that is based on the employee’s serious health condition. Please read my previous Ask the Lawyer column regarding FMLA at http://blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-law/2010/07/25/must-i-grant-this-fmla-request/ for more information.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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