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Q: An employee is asking to take medical leave. What sort of questions am I allowed to ask her?
A: Ask any HR generalist, and they will tell you that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to 12 weeks of job protection and continuation of health insurance benefits to employees who have a serious health condition. HR practitioners also know that they are permitted to seek information about an employee’s serious health condition to determine whether the employee qualifies for leave. But, how much can they ask, and what kind of medical questions are allowed?