What is a “serious health condition” and for which family members can a Paid Family Leave be taken?

Paid Family Leave can be taken to care for a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild who has a serious health condition. A serious health condition is an illness, injury, or other physical or mental impairment or condition that involves:

  • inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential health care facility; or
  • continuing treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider.

Examples of conditions that could be eligible for leave include:

  • taking the family member to chemotherapy or radiation treatments
  • helping the family member with meals, hygiene or transportation following surgery
  • in-home care following a severe stroke or the terminal stages of a disease.

Conditions such as the common cold, flu, upset stomach, or headaches that require treatment by over-the-counter medications, bed rest, or other activities that can be initiated without a visit to a health care provider, are not sufficient to qualify for leave.