Family Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave a year, and requires group health benefits to be maintained during the leave as if employees continued to work instead of taking leave. Employees are also entitled to return to their same or an equivalent job at the end of their FMLA leave.

Assuming that you work for a covered employer and are eligible for FMLA leave, you may take leave for treatment visits and therapy sessions for the condition. Under the FMLA, you may use available leave when you cannot work, including being unable to perform any of the essential functions of your position due to a severe health condition or when you are receiving treatment for that condition.

A covered employer must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in 12 months for one or more of the following (non-exhaustive) reasons:

  1. Birth and bonding
  2. Intermittent/reduced leave schedule
  3. Serious health condition
  4. Mental Health
  5. Other

For NEW clients seen less than twelve (12) sessions or less than six (6) months who request FMLA, work leave of absence documentation, test accommodations, disability, etc., will be completed at the therapist’s discretion and only after a minimum of three sessions.

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