You may be required to provide advance leave notice and medical
certification. Ordinarily, you must provide 30 days advance notice when the need
for leave is foreseeable. If the need for leave is not foreseeable, e.g.,
because of a medical emergency, you must provide notice within a reasonable
period of time appropriate to the circumstances involved. An agency may require
medical certification to support a request for leave because of a serious health
condition and may require second or third opinions (at the employer's expense).
If you cannot provide the required medical certification before FMLA
leave is to begin, you must be provided provisional leave. Once this
leave has commenced and you fail to provide the medical certification, the
agency may charge you as absent without leave (AWOL) or may allow you to request
that the provisional leave be charged as leave without pay or to your
appropriate leave account.
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