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Can You Get FMLA for Mental Health? Understanding Your Rights

As an employee, you have the right to take time off work for medical reasons under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But what about mental health concerns? Can you get FMLA for mental health?

The answer is yes. Mental health conditions are covered under FMLA, just like physical health conditions. This means that if you are experiencing a mental health issue that requires time off work, you may be eligible for FMLA leave.

What is FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for certain medical and family reasons. This includes:

  • Birth and care of a newborn child
  • Adoption or foster care placement of a child
  • Care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
  • Recovery from a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform their job

Under FMLA, eligible employees are entitled to take leave without fear of losing their job or health insurance. When they return to work, they must be reinstated to their previous position or an equivalent one with the same pay and benefits.

How to Get FMLA for Mental Health

If you are experiencing a mental health issue that requires time off work, you may be eligible for FMLA leave. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You work for a covered employer (private sector employers with 50 or more employees, public agencies, and public or private elementary or secondary schools)
  • You have worked for the employer for at least 12 months
  • You have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months
  • You have a qualifying mental health condition that meets the criteria for a serious health condition under FMLA

If you meet these criteria, you can request FMLA leave from your employer. You will need to provide medical certification from a healthcare provider that verifies your mental health condition and the need for time off work. Your employer may also require you to use any available paid leave (such as sick or vacation time) before taking unpaid FMLA leave.

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Conclusion

Mental health conditions are just as valid as physical health conditions, and employees have the right to take time off work under FMLA for mental health concerns. If you are experiencing a mental health issue that requires time off work, don’t hesitate to explore your options for FMLA leave. And if you need support for your mental health, Nao Medical is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.

FAQs

What mental health conditions qualify for FMLA?

Any mental health condition that meets the criteria for a serious health condition under FMLA may qualify for leave. This includes conditions that require inpatient care or continuing treatment by a healthcare provider.

Can my employer deny my request for FMLA for mental health?

Your employer cannot deny your request for FMLA leave if you meet the eligibility criteria and provide the required medical certification. However, they may require you to use any available paid leave before taking unpaid FMLA leave.

How long can I take FMLA for mental health?

Under FMLA, eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for certain medical and family reasons, including mental health concerns.

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