May an employer require periodic updates when an employee is on extended leave because of a medical condition?

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May an employer require periodic updates when an employee is on extended leave because of a medical condition?

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Yes. If the employee’s request for leave did not specify an exact or fairly specific return date (e.g., October 4 or around the second week of November) or if the employee needs continued leave beyond what was originally granted, the employer may require the employee to provide periodic updates on his/her condition and possible date of return.(65) However, where the employer has granted a fixed period of extended leave and the employee has not requested additional leave, the employer cannot require the employee to provide periodic updates. Employers, of course, may call employees on extended leave to check on their progress or to express concern for their health. 17. May an employer make disability-related inquiries or require a medical examinationwhen an employee who has been on leave for a medical condition seeks to return to work? Yes. If an employer has a reasonable belief that an employee’s present ability to perform essential job functions will be impaired by a medical condition

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