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What is a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ?

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Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, what’s a qualifying serious medical condition can vary based on the situation. It’s typically something where an individual is being treated by a physician for a long period of time. Situations like a common cold or a flu might not qualify for the FMLA, whereas other situations like a situation where you’re hospitalized for pneumonia, or some other situation may qualify under the FMLA as a serious medical condition. In that situation, if you do require time off from work due to your serious medical condition, or the serious medical condition of a spouse, a parent, or a child, and you inform you employer of the need for that leave, the employer does have obligations to advise you of what your rights are under the FMLA within a certain amount of time.

If you have questions about what those rights might be, or the time period that the employer has to provide you with those notifications, or even whether your situation qualifies as a serious medical condition, you can seek consultation from an employment lawyer who can give you more information on those rights and obligations.

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