Family Member Health Condition

If eligible, employees may be entitled to up to twelve (12) weeks of FMLA to care for a spouse, parent, or child with a serious health condition. Absence from work may be a continuous leave, reduced schedule, or intermittent.

FMLA defines health condition in the same manner as an employee health condition

  • 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, to determine if there is sufficient information available to determine if the health condition is qualified for FMLA absence.

Under FMLA eligible family members include:

  • a spouse recognized by Iowa law for purposes of marriage including common law, domestic partners of the same and opposite gender registered with University Benefits;
  • a parent, including, biological, step, adoptive, foster, or an individual that functioned as the parent;
  • a son or daughter under the age of 18, including biological, adopted, step or foster child, or legal ward. Children over 18 with a disability may also be eligible. If a family member is not eligible for FMLA, refer to family caregiving leave for additional considerations.

A Health Certification Form, available in templates and forms, may be required when there is not sufficient information available to determine if the health condition is eligible for FMLA absence.