FMLA - Serious Health Conditions

A serious health condition is an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves either:

  • an overnight stay in a medical care facility, or

  • continuing treatment by a health care provider for a condition that either:

  • prevents the faculty or staff member from performing the functions of their job, or

  • prevents the qualified family member from participating in school or other daily activities.

A faculty or staff member's serious health condition is based on more than three consecutive calendar days of incapacity plus two visits to a health care provider:

  • the first visit to the provider must occur within seven (7) days of the initial date of incapacity, and

  • the second visit to the practitioner must occur within 30 days of the initial day of incapacity.

A faculty or staff member's serious health condition is based on more than three consecutive days of incapacity plus a "regimen of continuing treatment", the employee must visit a healthcare provider within seven (7) days of the onset of the incapacity.

The serious health condition is based on "periodic visits to a health care provider" for a chronic serious health condition, the employee must make at least two visits to a health care provider per year.