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New FMLA forms include genetics language

June 16, 2015 Washington – New Family and Medical Leave Act forms tell health care providers completing medical certification forms for patients requesting leave for a serious health condition, "Do not provide information about genetic tests…or genetic services...or the manifestation of disease or disorder in the employee's family members."

Recently updated FMLA forms include the references to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The GINA strictly limits the disclosure of genetic information, including tests and services, and bars discrimination on the basis of genetic information. The forms include instructions to the health care provider when "your patient has requested leave under the FMLA."

The FMLA applies to private sector employers of 50 or more employees. Dentists and other health care providers may be asked to provide health information for a patient requesting leave for a serious health condition. The new FMLA forms are valid through May 31, 2018. Previously issued forms expired Feb. 28, 2015.