From the Hotline: Fitness for Duty Form

Question: Is the “fitness for duty” medical certification a generic form or does the employer create it to designate their ability to return to work after a medically related absence?

Answer: An employer may seek a fitness-for-duty certification only with regard to the particular health condition that caused the employee’s need for leave. The certification from the employee’s health care provider must certify that the employee is able to resume work. Additionally, an employer may require that the certification specifically address the employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the employee’s job, especially when a role requires physical or repetitive movement. A job description may be warranted for the physician’s review, depending upon the circumstance.

The employer may use their own developed form, or can accept a letter from the employee’s physician.