Except as provided in subsection (b), any eligible employee who takes leave under sectionof this title for the intended purpose of the leave shall be entitled, on return from such leave-
The taking of leave under sectionof this title shall not result in the loss of any employment benefit accrued prior to the date on which the leave commenced.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to entitle any restored employee to-
As a condition of restoration under paragraph (1) for an employee who has taken leave under sectionof this title, the employer may have a uniformly applied practice or policy that requires each such employee to receive certification from the health care provider of the employee that the employee is able to resume work, except that nothing in this paragraph shall supersede a valid State or local law or a collective bargaining agreement that governs the return to work of such employees.
Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit an employer from requiring an employee on leave under sectionof this title to report periodically to the employer on the status and intention of the employee to return to work.
An employer may deny restoration under subsection (a) to any eligible employee described in paragraph (2) if-
An eligible employee described in paragraph (1) is a salaried eligible employee who is among the highest paid 10 percent of the employees employed by the employer within 75 miles of the facility at which the employee is employed.
Except as provided in paragraph (2), during any period that an eligible employee takes leave under sectionof this title, the employer shall maintain coverage under any "group health plan" (as defined in section of title 26) for the duration of such leave at the level and under the conditions coverage would have been provided if the employee had continued in employment continuously for the duration of such leave.
The employer may recover the premium that the employer paid for maintaining coverage for the employee under such group health plan during any period of unpaid leave under sectionof this title if-
An employer may require that a claim that an employee is unable to return to work because of the continuation, recurrence, or onset of the serious health condition described in paragraph (2)(B)(i) be supported by-
The employee shall provide, in a timely manner, a copy of such certification to the employer.
The certification described in subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be sufficient if the certification states that a serious health condition prevented the employee from being able to perform the functions of the position of the employee on the date that the leave of the employee expired.
The certification described in subparagraph (A)(i) shall be sufficient if the certification states that the employee is needed to care for the son, daughter, spouse, or parent who has a serious health condition on the date that the leave of the employee expired.
29 U.S.C. § 2614
AMENDMENTS2008-Subsec. (c)(2)(B)(i). Pub. L. 110-181, §585(a)(3)(F)(i), inserted "or under sectionof this title" before semicolon.Subsec. (c)(3)(A)(iii). Pub. L. 110-181, §585(a)(3)(F)(ii), added cl. (iii).
EFFECTIVE DATESection effective 6 months after Feb. 5, 1993, except that, in the case of collective bargaining agreements in effect on that effective date, section applicable on the earlier of (1) the date of termination of such agreement, or (2) the date that occurs 12 months after Feb. 5, 1993, see section 405(b) of Pub. L. 103-3 set out as a note under sectionof this title.