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Family and Medical Leave Act and serious health conditions

If you're interested in taking a leave from work to care for a serious health condition, it's critical to learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). More specifically, focus on the serious health conditions that qualify for leave.

Here are four points of consideration when defining a serious health condition:

  • A condition that requires you to remain overnight in a hospital or another type of medical facility
  • Pregnancy, such as incapacity as a result of medically suggested bedrest or severe morning sickness
  • A condition that incapacitates you or a family member for three or more days, such as ongoing medical treatment
  • Chronic conditions that result in occasional and temporary periods of incapacitation that require medical attention two or more times a year

Keep in mind that FMLA doesn't just pertain to a personal health condition. For instance, if a child or spouse is dealing with a serious health concern, you can take FMLA leave to help care for them.

As soon as you know that you need to take FMLA leave, consult with your employer. It's your responsibility to share the details of your situation with them as soon as possible.

In the event that your employer denies you FMLA leave or terminates your employment as a result, learn more about your legal rights. If you qualify for FMLA leave and your employer takes adverse action, you may be able to receive compensation and/or fight for reinstatement.

You have a lot going on with your personal health or that of a loved one, but that shouldn't stop you from taking action against your employer.

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