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DOL Issues Guidance on Caring for an Adult Child Under the FMLA
January 15, 2013
An eligible employee is entitled to FMLA leave to care for a child with a serious health condition. Under the regulations, "child" is defined as a son or daughter who is: 1) under the age of 18; or 2) age 18 or older and "incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability" at the time that FMLA leave is to commence. Thus, two factors must be present before an employee can take FMLA leave to care for his/her adult son or daughter: the child must be incapable of self-care and have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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