What is Considered a Serious Health Condition Under FMLA?

Under FMLA, a serious medical condition must fall into one
of the following categories:

Inpatient Care

Incapacity for more than three days with
continuing treatment by a health care provider.

Incapacity relating to pregnancy or prenatal

Chronic serious health conditions.

Permanent or long term conditions

Conditions that do NOT qualify for FMLA include:

Cold and flu


Upset stomachs and minor ulcers

Headaches (other than migraines)

Cosmetic treatments.

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1. Are All Employees Eligible for FMLA?
2. How Do I Request an FMLA Leave?
3. What is FMLA?
4. Do I Need To Provide A Fitness-For-Duty Certification Before I Can Return to Work?
5. How Do I Request and FMLA Leave?
6. How Much Time Can I Take?
7. How Will My Benefits Be Affected During My FMLA Leave?
8. If I Am Approved For An Intermittent FMLA, What Is Expected Of Me?
9. If I Am Out On Time Loss For A Workers Compensation Claim, How Does That Work With FMLA?
10. What is Considered a Serious Health Condition Under FMLA?
11. What Types of Leaves Are Covered Under FMLA?
12. Who Should I Inform About The Changes During My Leave and My Plan To Return To Work?
13. Who Will Complete My Timesheet While I Am On Leave?
14. Will I Accrue Vacation and Sick Time While I Am On Sick Leave?
15. What Is Intermittent Leave?