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New Guidance on FMLA and Mental Health Conditions

FMLA and mental health conditions

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The Department of Labor has released new resources on workers’ rights to leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for mental health conditions. The new guidance includes a fact sheet and frequently asked questions.

Eligible employees can take FMLA leave for their own serious health condition or to care for a spouse, child, or parent and their serious health condition. Mental health conditions are considered serious health conditions under FMLA if they require inpatient care or continuing treatment by a healthcare provider. Anxiety, depression, or dissociative disorders that require treatment at least twice a year and cause incapacitated periods, fall under the “continuing treatment” definition.

Employers may not retaliate against employees if they take FMLA leave for mental health reasons. Download the bulletin for more details.

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Megan Ware

Megan Ware

Megan Ware is an outgoing and energetic person who loves meeting new people. Customers appreciate how attentive she is to their requests and how quickly the situation gets resolved. She comes from a family who works in the public sector, so she is happy that her role at National Insurance Services can help people just like her own. As a Market Development Representative, Megan works with Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota school districts, cities, counties, and hospitals. She is also responsible for establishing relationships with agents and expanding NIS’ presence in western states. Megan is a licensed insurance agent and specializes in life, disability, dental, and vision insurance. She has both a PPACA (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act) certification and a GBDS (Group Benefits Disability Specialist) designation.