From the Hotline: Medical Certification Right to Second Opinion

Question: Can an employee request a second opinion for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification if the employee disagrees with the one completed by her or his physician?

Answer: Yes, the employee has the right to obtain and manage his or her own medical care, including the right to a second opinion. The employer still has the right to examine the medical certification provided and make a determination of whether or not to designate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.