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Fitness for Duty

A “Fit for Duty” evaluation is a formal, specialized examination of an incumbent employee that results from objective evidence that the employee may be unable to safely or effectively perform a defined job and a reasonable basis for believing that the cause may be attributable to a psychological condition or impairment. As such, a “Fit for Duty” is considered a “medical” examination under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The central purpose of FFD is to determine whether the employee is able to safely and effectively perform his or her essential job functions. The final report may find the employee to be fit for duty without restrictions, fit for duty with certain restrictions or modifications, or unfit for duty.