does fmla cover absentism due to sick baby

Ever since I have returned to work from my maternity leave, I have missed a number of days & have been late a lot due to having to tend to my son. He has been sick a lot(nothing terribly serious) since the day he was born (July 2003). My employer has a point system & I'm 2 away from being terminated. The majority of my points have been inccured (like I mentioned earlier) due to my son, ie. lack of sleep because of sick baby. I wanted to know if FMLA covers situations like this. I am a single mother & cant afford to lose my job.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 3, 2004 7:41 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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Neil Klingshirn
Family leave allows you to care for your child's serious health condition

You are entitled to use FMLA leave to care for your child if:

1. Your employer has 50 or more employees at your location;

2. You have worked there for one year and worked 1,250 hours during that year; and

3. Your child's condition is a serious health condition. Check the FAQs on this site for the definition of a serious health condition. The U.S. Department of Labor website has an excellent service called "eLaws" that can help you as well. If you still wonder whether your child has a serious health condition, feel free to email me directly.

Best regards,


posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Mar 8, 2004 12:13 PM [EST]

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