Determining What is Considered a Serious Medical Health Condition

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Many employers struggle with the question of whether an employee’s request for medical leave is covered under FMLA as a serious medical condition.

The term “serious” is intended to exclude minor ailments, like colds, earaches, flus, and headaches.

However, whether a health condition is serious depends on its origin or effects. For example, a cold is typically not a serious health condition, but it could become one if it leads to pneumonia. The health care provider will make the determination of whether a condition is serious; it is not at the discretion of the employer.

So what counts as a serious health condition—and how can you tell whether an employee qualifies for this type of leave?
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