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.