When can an eligible employee use FMLA leave?

FMLA can qualify:

  1. For the birth of a child, and to bond with the newborn child.
  2. For the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care, and to bond with that child.
  3. To care for immediate family members (spouse, child or parent–but not parent “in law”) with a serious health condition.
  4. To take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.
  5. For qualifying exigencies arising from that employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status as a member of the national guard, reserves or armed forces.