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Absence Certificate Required for Holiday Sick Calls

Date: December 1, 2017
Type: AFA Article

As provided for in Section 13.C.4. of the JCBA, management has advised the Union that an Absence Certificate will be required for all sick calls that begin during the period starting December 20, 2017 - January 4, 2018.  This requirement will also apply in those instances where sick leave is used to care for a spouse or minor child as set forth in Section 13.D.7.

Flight Attendants who place themselves on sick leave during the period starting December 20, 2017 - January 4, 2018 will be required under the terms of our JCBA to supply United Medical with an Absence Certificate (Section 13.C.4.). Flight Attendants using approved FMLA during these specified holiday dates are also required to provide the Absence Certificate for any sick leave during this same period. There is only one exception to this rule. Flight Attendants who have had no absences during the prior twelve (12) calendar months are not subject to the Absence Certificate requirement that applies during the holiday period.

Keep in mind that a physician’s note can also be used to reduce the points assessed for any sick leave used during this period by ½ point.   Keep in mind that a physician’s note is not the same as an Absence Certificate.  Because Absence Certificates include medical information to which supervisors are not entitled to see, it is strongly recommended that you provide the Absence Certificate only to United Medical.

In order to comply with the criteria for an Absence Certificate:

  • Print out the Absence Certificate Form (from Flying Together) and bring a copy with you to your physician's appointment.
  • The Absence Certificate must be prepared and signed by the physician after an in-person visit by the Flight Attendant to the physician’s office.
  • Flight Attendants must actually be seen by an accredited physician in a timely manner, but no later than 72 hours after notifying Scheduling of an illness/injury.
  • The Absence Certificate must be submitted to United Medical via fax at (847)-700-2600 on or before check-in time of a Line-holder’s first trip, or a Reserve’s first assignment including Airport Alert and Standby Reserve, following an illness or injury.
  • If a physician’s release (Absence Certificate) is not received, the Flight Attendant will have 72 hours after her/his first trip flown, Airport Alert or Standby Reserve assignment to provide the Absence Certificate.

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