Medical Exemption

Last Updated: June 29, 2018

Definition - What does Medical Exemption mean?

A medical exemption is a procedure used to avoid the imposition of a health-related rule with which an individual might otherwise have to comply. A medical exemption usually requires that the individual seeking the exception provide proof from a medical professional indicating why the person cannot comply with the requirements of the particular rule. Each program or agency will have different rules and guidelines for when a medical exemption can be requested.

A medical exemption is sometimes called a medical waiver or medical release.

WorkplaceTesting explains Medical Exemption

Medical exemptions may be used in many different personal and workplace situations. For example, commercial motor vehicle drivers may seek a medical exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's medical certificate requirements under certain conditions. Individuals may file a medical exemption form when seeking social benefits if they are unable to work because of a physical or mental disability.

Workplace wellness programs that provide financial or other incentives or impose penalties to encourage participation must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In most instances, this means that the program must provide exemptions for employees whose medical conditions would prevent them from participating in or achieving the program's goals. For example, an employee with a genetic disorder that would prevent him or her from losing weight might qualify for a medical exemption from participation in a workplace weight-loss program or a police officer who only works administratively might be exempted from a running fitness qualification test due to a leg injury.

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