Certification of Health Care Provider
U.S. Department of Labor
(Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993)
Employment Standards Administration
Wage and Hour Division
1. Employees Name 2. Patients Name
(If different from employee)
OMB No.: 1215-0181
Expires: 08-31-2007
(When completed, this form goes to the employee,
Not to the Department of Labor.)
3. Page 4 describes what is meant by a “serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Does the
patients condition
qualify under any of the categories described? If so, please check the applicable category.
(1) ________ (2) _______ (3) _______ (4) ________(5) _______ (6) _______ , or None of the above _______
4. Describe the medical facts which support your certification, including a brief statement as to how the medical facts meet
the criteria of one of these categories:
5. a. State the approximate date the condition commenced, and the probable duration of the condition (and also the
probable duration of the patients present incapacity
if different):
b. Will it be necessary for the employee to take work only intermittently or to work on a less than full schedule as a
result of the condition (including for treatment described in Item 6 below)?
If yes, give the probable duration:
c. If the condition is a chronic condition (condition #4) or pregnancy, state whether the patient is presently incapacitated
and the likely duration and frequency of episodes of incapacity
Here and elsewhere on this form, the information sought relates only to the condition for which the employee is taking FMLA leave.
Incapacity,for purposes of FMLA, is defined to mean inability to work, attend school or perform other regular daily activities due to the serious health
condition, treatment therefor, or recovery therefrom.
Form WH-380
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Revised December 1999
6. a. If additional treatments will be required for the condition, provide an estimate of the probable number of such treatments.
If the patient will be absent from work or other daily activities because of treatment on an intermittent or part-time
basis, also provide an estimate of the probable number of and interval between such treatments, actual or estimated
dates of treatment if known, and period required for recovery if any:
b. If any of these treatments will be provided by another provider of health services (e.g., physical therapist), please
state the nature of the treatments:
c. If a regimen of continuing treatment by the patient is required under your supervision, provide a general description of
such regimen (
, prescription drugs, physical therapy requiring special equipment):
7. a. If medical leave is required for the employees absence from work because of the employees own condition
(including absences due to pregnancy or a chronic condition), is the employee unable to perform work of any kind?
b. If able to perform some work, is the employee unable to perform any one or more of the essential functions of the
employees job (the employee or the employer should supply you with information about the essential job functions)?
If yes, please list the essential functions the employee is unable to perform:
c. If neither a. nor b. applies, is it necessary for the employee to be absent from work for treatment?
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8. a. If leave is required to care for a family member of the employee with a serious health condition, does the patient
require assistance for basic medical or personal needs or safety, or for transportation?
b. If no, would the employees presence to provide psychological comfort be beneficial to the patient or assist in the
patients recovery?
c. If the patient will need care only intermittently or on a part-time basis, please indicate the probable duration of this need:
Signature of Health Care Provider Type of Practice
Address Telephone Number
To be completed by the employee needing family leave to care for a family member:
State the care you will provide and an estimate of the period during which care will be provided, including a schedule if leave is
to be taken intermittently or if it will be necessary for you to work less than a full schedule:
Employee Signature Date
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A Serious Health Condition means an illness, injury impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves one of the
1. Hospital Care
Inpatient care (
, an overnight stay) in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, including any period of
or subsequent treatment in connection with or consequent to such inpatient care.
2. Absence Plus Treatment
(a) A period of incapacity
of more than three consecutive calendar days (including any subsequent treatment or
period of incapacity
relating to the same condition), that also involves:
(1) Treatment
two or more times by a health care provider, by a nurse or physicians assistant under direct
supervision of a health care provider, or by a provider of health care services (
, physical therapist)
under orders of, or on referral by, a health care provider; or
(2) Treatment by a health care provider on at least one occasion which results in a regimen of continuing
under the supervision of the health care provider.
3. Pregnancy
Any period of incapacity due to pregnancy, or for prenatal care.
4. Chronic Conditions Requiring Treatments
A chronic condition which:
(1) Requires periodic visits for treatment by a health care provider, or by a nurse or physicians assistant under
direct supervision of a health care provider;
(2) Continues over an extended period of time (including recurring episodes of a single underlying condition);
(3) May cause episodic rather than a continuing period of incapacity
, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.).
5. Permanent/Long-term Conditions Requiring Supervision
A period of Incapacity
which is permanent or long-term due to a condition for which treatment may not be effective. The
employee or family member must be under the continuing supervision of, but need not be receiving active treatment
by, a health care provider. Examples include Alzheimers, a severe stroke, or the terminal stages of a disease.
Multiple Treatments (Non-Chronic Conditions)
Any period of absence to receive multiple treatments (including any period of recovery therefrom) by a health care
provider or by a provider of health care services under orders of, or on referral by, a health care provider, either for
restorative surgery after an accident or other injury, or for a condition that would likely result in a period of Incapacity
of more than three consecutive calendar days in the absence of medical intervention or treatment, such as cancer
(chemotherapy, radiation, etc.), severe arthritis (physical therapy), and kidney disease (dialysis).
This optional form may be used by employees to satisfy a mandatory requirement to furnish a medical certification (when requested) from
a health care provider, including second or third opinions and recertification (29 CFR 825.306).
Persons are not required to respond to this collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Treatment includes examinations to determine if a serious health condition exists and evaluations of the condition. Treatment does not include routine
physical examinations, eye examinations, or dental examinations.
A regimen of continuing treatment includes, for example, a course of prescription medication (
, an antibiotic) or therapy requiring special equipment
to resolve or alleviate the health condition. A regimen of treatment does not include the taking of over-the-counter medications such as aspirin,
antihistamines, or salves; or bed-rest, drinking fluids, exercise, and other similar activities that can be initiated without a visit to a health care provider.
Public Burden Statement
We estimate that it will take an average of 20 minutes to complete this collection of information, including the time for reviewing
instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the
collection of information. If you have any comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, send them to the Administrator, Wage and Hour Division, Department
of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.
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*U.S. GPO: 2000-461-954/25505
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