Does a Cold or Flu Qualify for FMLA Leave? Sometimes!
FMLA regulations state that “unless complications arise, the common cold and flu do not meet the definition of a serious health condition and do not qualify for FMLA leave.” But what’s considered a “complication” that would warrant FMLA?
If the employee’s bad flu bug forces him to be incapacitated for more than three days, and he sees a doctor and receives an antibiotic, that employee could meet the qualifications to be eligible for FMLA leave. But you’ll need to evaluate it on a case-by-case basis!
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