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Branham v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. (6th Cir. 2010)

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6th Circuit: Employee Can Proceed With FMLA Claim Despite "Negative Certification"

Franczek Radelet P.C • September 08, 2010
When an employee remains absent even after her doctor provides a medical certification confirming that she can return to work, it might seem reasonable for an employer to deny the employee any further FMLA leave and, if the employee fails to return, to terminate her employment. However, if the employer has not specifically informed the employee of the need to provide a medical certification in writing, relying on the "negative certification" may violate the FMLA, according to a recent decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Branham v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.