If you are physically or emotionally unable to work, you may wish to talk with your medical provider. If your medical provider finds that you are not able to work at this time, the medical provider can make a request to your employer for a medical leave.*
*Depending on the size of your employer, you may be eligible for medical leave under the FMLA, ADAAA, a Minnesota or city law. You may also be eligible under your employer’s policies regarding PTO/sick leave/vacation time. Your company may offer short-term disability benefits and/or long-term disability benefits and you could be eligible for leave under those benefits. If you have a disability under the law, you may be eligible for leave time as a reasonable accommodation for your disability.
Your obligations: is to timely provide your employer with requested medical information showing the need for your leave.
Make sure you are never late with the medical forms or documents or information that your employer requests from you or your doctor. If there are forms your doctor needs to fill out, it is your responsibility to make sure your doctor fills out the forms and provides them within the time frame required by your employer. Your employer can terminate you if you or your doctor fail to provide them with timely requested medical information.
An attorney’s early review of the medical submissions may also be important to help ensure your forms are filled out properly for your situation.
Keep a copy of all the medical information, requests for leave time, etc. that you give to your employer.
If your employer terminates your employment after a request for a medical leave and you have concerns that your termination is based on your request for leave or other medical issues, we recommend that you contact an attorney. The attorney will want to discuss your employer’s stated reasons for your termination. Do you think that your employer terminated your employment for medical leave/health condition or other reasons.
If you have experienced or are experiencing medical leave issues with your employer, contact Bertelson Law Office, P.A. at 612-278-9832 or email us at [email protected] to discuss how we may be able to help.