Where’s the Vicks VapoRub?

If you’re anything like me, winter is just one continuous cold. In college, if I didn’t feel 100%, I didn’t go to class. However, the working world, or as my parents referred to it, the “real world,” doesn’t work that way. So when it comes to the law, what meets the standards of a “serious health condition”?  Well according to the FMLA, the definition of a “serious health condition” is as follows:

  • an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves either inpatient care (i.e., an overnight stay in a hospital, hospice, or residential care facility)


  • continuing treatment by a healthcare provider.

What they’re saying is, my faucet-like runny nose does not count.  Looks like I either have to come up with a better excuse, or suck it up and start going to work.

Click here to read more about what employers can do with colds, the flu, and FMLA


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