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Absence Certificate Requirement for Christmas Holiday Sick Calls

Date: December 18, 2018

As previously communicated on December 1, 2018, Flight Attendants who place themselves on sick leave during the period starting December 20, 2018 – January 4, 2019 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 requirement to provide an Absence Certificate during the holiday period.

Absence Certificates are different from Physician’s Notes, which are used exclusively for the purpose of the ½ attendance point reduction. Physician’s notes should be presented to your supervisor prior to reporting for your next pairing following the sick leave occurrence.  

Absence Certificates include medical information to which supervisors, under the terms of our Contract, are not entitled to know and therefore should ONLY be provided to United Medical.

In order to comply with the criteria for an Absence Certificate:Flight Attendants are encouraged to review the details, available on unitedafa.org.

Questions should be directed to your Local Council representatives.

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