FAQs / What is considered a serious health condition under the FMLA?

The most common serious health conditions that qualify for FML leave are:

  • conditions requiring an overnight stay in a hospital or other medical care facility;
  • conditions that incapacitate you or your immediate family member (for example, unable to work or attend school) for more than three consecutive days and have ongoing medical treatment (either multiple appointments with a health care provider, or a single appointment and follow-up care such as prescription medication);
  • chronic medical conditions that require occasional periods when you or your immediate family member require periodic visits for treatment by a health care provider e.g. at least twice a year, or may cause episodic flare-ups rather than continuing periods of incapacity over an extended period of time;
  • pregnancy including prenatal medical appointments, incapacity due to morning sickness, and/or medically required bed rest.

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