This is a list is of things that are often covered, to give you an idea of common reasons for FMLA leave. Your time off is covered when the illness or injury meets the requirements for FMLA – not based on any lists. If two workers have the same basic health condition, one could be covered by FMLA and the other not.

  • Heart Attack
  • Cancer
  • Migraines
  • Emphysema
  • Stroke
  • Pneumonia
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Back problems that need ongoing treatment or surgery
  • Serious injuries
  • Pregnancy, including pre-natal care, morning sickness, and complications
  • Miscarriages
  • Childbirth and recovering from childbirth
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Clinical depression
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Long-term untreatable condition (such as terminal illness or Alzheimer's disease)
  • Drug or alcohol addiction (if treatment is from a healthcare provider)

Conditions which usually don’t qualify for FMLA leave:

  • Common cold or flu
  • Out-patient surgical procedures
  • Voluntary or cosmetic procedures (without in-patient care)
  • Routine dental and orthodontia work
  • Non-migraine headaches
  • Ear infections