If eligible, employees may be entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of absence for incapacity and/or treatment for a covered health condition. Absence from work may be a continuous leave, reduced schedule, or intermittent. FMLA defines a health condition as:
- An illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves inpatient care or continuing treatment by a health care provider.
- Other serious health conditions include incapacity and treatment, chronic conditions, permanent or long term conditions, or conditions requiring multiple treatments.
- Absence from work may be continuous or intermittent.
- Use the Health Certification Checklist (pdf) to determine if there is sufficient information available to determine if the health condition is qualified for FMLA absence.
A Health Certification Form, should be required when there is not sufficient information available to determine if the health condition is eligible for FMLA absence. However, if through conversation or other medical documentation, sufficient information is provided to determine eligibility for FMLA, these documents should not be required. See the section of the site titled Medical Documentation Management for more information regarding requirement of medical documentation.
Limitations or requests for leave, regardless of FMLA eligibility, may be considered a request for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If leave is requested via an employee or health care provider documentation and FMLA is not applicable or leave may be considered unauthorized.