Doctors recommendation not sufficient

Turned in FMLA paperwork to HR director who told me it was not sufficient taking 12 weeks off after delivery as doctor stated. Told me I need a medical excuse for taking 12 weeks. Correct me if I'm wrong I'm giving birth that's a medical condition and caring for an infant. Please let me know your thoughts and what more can be done with a physicians documentation stating 12 weeks off after delivery?

2 answers  |  asked Mar 12, 2013 07:37 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (2)

Neil Klingshirn
First, congrats on the birth of your child.

Second, you do not need a doctor's excuse to take FMLA for the birth of your child. You only need to provide sufficient information to show that you gave birth to your child, like a birth certificate.

If your company continues to give you a hard time, contact me.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Mar 12, 2013 07:52 AM [EST]
Mark Napier
If your employer is a covered employer under the FMLA, and you are an eligible employee, then your HR director is mistaken. You are entitled to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave for the birth and to care for a newborn child. The purpose of the FMLA is to enable you to balance work and family life.

posted by Mark Napier  |  Mar 12, 2013 07:51 AM [EST]

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