§ 28-41-36. Certification of eligibility for leave.
(a) An individual who exercises his or her right to leave covered by the temporary caregiver insurance program under this chapter shall file a certificate form with all information required by the department.
(b) For leave for reason of caring for a seriously ill family member, an employee shall file a certificate with the department that shall contain:
(1) A diagnosis and diagnostic code prescribed in the international classification of diseases, or where no diagnosis has yet been obtained, a detailed statement of symptoms;
(2) The date if known, on which the condition commenced;
(3) The probable duration of the condition;
(4) An estimate of the amount of time that the licensed qualified health care provider believes the employee is needed to care for the family member;
(5) A statement that the serious health condition warrants the participation of the employee to provide care for his or her family member. "Warrants the participation of the employee" includes, but is not limited to, providing psychological comfort, arranging third-party care for the family member as well as directly providing, or participating in the medical and physical care of the patient; and
(6) A certificate filed to establish medical eligibility of the serious health condition of the employee's family member shall be made by the family member's treating licensed qualified heath care provider.
(7) In the case of a parent, or persons who are in loco parentis caring for the serious health condition of a foster care child, the employee shall submit all required information in accordance with this section, with a written request to the department of children, youth and families for the release of medical information by the child's treating licensed qualified health care provider. The department of children, youth and families shall transmit the requested medical information, pending all properly submitted forms, to the department of labor and training, within ten (10) business days of request. In the absence of the requested transmitted medical information by the department of children, youth and families within ten (10) business days, the employee may request the licensed qualified healthcare provider to directly transmit the medical eligibility of the serious health condition to the department of labor and training. Payment shall not be delayed, in accordance with all provisions of chapters 39-41, as a result of delays by the department of children, youth and families in transmitting medical information.
(c) The department shall develop a certificate of eligibility form for leave in the case of bonding as defined herein, for the birth of a newborn child of the employee or the employee's domestic partner, or the placement of a child with the employee in connection with the adoption or foster care of the child by the employee or domestic partner, or persons in loco parentis. Information shall include the following:
(1) A birth certificate, certificate of adoption, or other competent evidence showing the employee or the employee's domestic partner, or persons in loco parentis is the parent of the child within twelve (12) months of the child's adoption, birth or placement for adoption or foster care with the employee.
(P.L. 2013, ch. 187, § 1; P.L. 2013, ch. 213, § 1.)