Q&A: Determining Whether Elective Surgeries Are Covered Under FMLA

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Q: An employee is having an elective surgery that won’t require an overnight hospital stay, but she will be off work for two weeks to recover and will possibly have some restrictions afterward. Will her surgery and time off be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

A: Under the FMLA, an eligible employee can be granted leave for a qualifying circumstance, including a serious health condition that makes her unable to perform her job functions. A serious health condition is defined under the Act as an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition involving

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