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(1) An employee who requests leave due to disability may be required to provide medical certification specifying that the disabling condition requires a leave of absence. Medical certification shall be obtained by the employee in accordance with agency policy and procedure, the sick leave rules, ARM 2.21.137, and this rule.

(2) An employee who requests more than 6 calendar weeks of leave due to disability shall provide medical certification. The agency may require medical certification at any time before or during the leave and may require recertification, except as described in ARM 2.21.908, maternity leave.

(3) The medical certification shall identify the illness or condition and estimate the length of time off needed before the employee will be fit to return to work.

(4) The employing agency may require an employee who has been injured on the job to provide medical certification consistent with this rule for purposes of approving leave or continued employment. The agency need not rely on medical certification provided by the workers' compensation division when considering leave approval or continued employment.

(5) At the end of a leave of absence due to disability, an agency may require an employee to provide medical certification that the employee is fit to perform the duties of the position.

History: Sec. 2-18-102, MCA; IMP, 2-18-102, MCA; NEW, 1986 MAR p. 1815, Eff. 10/31/86.

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