Family and Medical Leave Act
Serious Health Condition means an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves one of the following:
Hospital Care: Inpatient care (i.e., an overnight stay) in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, including any period of incapacity or subsequent treatment in connection with or consequent to such inpatient care.
Absence Plus Treatment: A period of incapacity of more than three consecutive calendar days (including any subsequent treatment or period of incapacity relating to the same condition), that also involves:
- Treatment two or more times by a health care provider, by a nurse or physician’s assistant under direct supervision of a health care provider, or by a provider of health care services (e.g., physical therapist) under orders of, or on referral by, a health care provider; or
- Treatment by a health care provider on at least one occasion which results in regimen of continuing treatment under the supervision of the health care provider.
Pregnancy: Any period of incapacity due to pregnancy, or for parental care.
Chronic Conditions Requiring Treatments: A chronic condition which:
- Requires periodic visits for treatment by a health care provider, or by a nurse or physician’s assistant under direct supervision of a health care provider;
- Continues over an extended period of time (including recurring episodes of a single underlying condition); and
- May cause episodic rather than a continuing period of incapacity (e.g., asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.)
Permanent/Long-Term Condition Requiring Supervision: A period of incapacity which is permanent or long-term due to a condition for which treatment may not be effective. The employee or family member must be under the continuing supervisor of, but need not be receiving active treatment by, a health care provider. Examples include Alzheimer’s, a severe stroke, or the terminal stages of a disease.
Multiple Treatments (Non-Chronic Conditions): Any period of absence to receive multiple treatments (including any period of recovery therefrom) by a health care provider or by a provider of health care services under orders of, or on referral by, a health care provider, either for restorative surgery after an accident or other injury, or for condition that would likely result in a period of incapacity of more than three consecutive calendar days in the absence of medical intervention or treatment, such as cancer (chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) severe arthritis (physical therapy), kidney disease (dialysis).
Incapacity – inability to work, attend school or perform other regular daily activities due to the serious health condition, treatment therefor, or recovery therefrom.
Treatment – includes examinations to determine of a serious health condition exists and evaluations of the condition. Treatment does not include routine physical examinations, eye examinations, or dental examinations.
A regimen of continuing treatment – includes, for example, a course of prescription medication (e.g., an antibiotic) or therapy requiring special equipment to resolve or alleviate the health condition. A regimen of treatment does not include the taking of over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, antihistamines, or salves; or bed-rest, drinking fluids, exercise, and other similar activities that can be initiated without a visit to a health care provider.
Family Care Act
Serious health condition: an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves any period of incapacity or treatment connected with inpatient care (ie., an overnight stay) in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility, and any period of incapacity or subsequent treatment or recovery in connection with such inpatient care; or that involves continuing treatment by or under the supervision of a health care provider or a provider of health care services and which includes any period of incapacity (i.e., inability to work, attend school or perform other regular daily activities).
Health condition of a child:
- A medical condition requiring treatment or medication that the child cannot self- administer;
- A medical or mental-health condition which would endanger the child’s safety or recovery without the presence of a parent or guardian; or
- A condition warranting treatment or preventive health care such as physical, dental, optical or immunization services, when a parent must be present to authorize the treatment
Emergency condition: a health condition that is a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances related to one’s health demanding immediate action, and is typically very short term in nature.
Please refer to POL-U1600.03 Accommodating Persons with Disabilities for the definition of disability.
Bargaining Unit Agreements/Employee Handbooks
Please refer to the appropriate bargaining unit agreement or employee handbook for definitions.