CACI No. 2610. Affirmative Defense - No Certification From Health-Care Provider

Judicial Council of California Civil Jury Instructions (2023 edition)

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2610.Affirmative Defense - No Certification From Health-Care
[Name of defendant] claims that [he/she/nonbinary pronoun/it] denied
[name of plaintiff]’s request for leave because [he/she/nonbinary pronoun]
did not provide a health-care provider’s certification of
[his/her/nonbinary pronoun] need for leave. To succeed, [name of
defendant] must prove both of the following:
1. That [name of defendant] told [name of plaintiff] in writing that
[he/she/nonbinary pronoun/it] required written certification from
[name of plaintiff]’s health-care provider to [grant/extend] leave;
2. That [name of plaintiff] did not provide [name of defendant] with
the required certification from a health-care provider [within the
time set by [name of defendant] or as soon as reasonably possible].
New September 2003
Directions for Use
The time set by the defendant described in element 2 must be at least 15 days.
Sources and Authority
Certification of Health Care Provider. Government Code section 12945.2(j).
Certification of Health Care Provider: Child Care. Government Code section
Certification of Health Care Provider: Return to Work. Government Code section
“Health Care Provider” Defined. Government Code section 12945.2(b)(9).
Notice and Certification. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 11088(b).
Secondary Sources
8 Witkin, Summary of California Law (11th ed. 2017) Constitutional Law,
§§ 1056-1060
Chin et al., California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation, Ch. 12-B, Family and
Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/California Family Rights Act (CFRA), ¶¶ 12:311,
12::880, 12:883-12:884, 12:905, 12:915 (The Rutter Group)
1 Wilcox, California Employment Law, Ch. 8, Leaves of Absence, § 8.26 (Matthew

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