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Podcast Episode 125: FMLA and Mental Health


In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Patrick Myers discuss recent guidance concerning the interaction between FMLA and mental health conditions. Suzanne provides some context for this guidance and a brief refresher on FMLA itself. Suzanne and Patrick then discuss how mental health conditions can apply in a FMLA context, including when a mental health condition is a “serious health condition” or a disability. Suzanne continues with a discussion about how mental health conditions and FMLA apply to an employee’s family members, FMLA military caregiver leave, and retaliation. Suzanne and Patrick close with a reminder that other state and federal laws may also apply in this context, and employers should review their FMLA and leave policies to make sure that mental health conditions are provided for.

Periodically, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page for the most up-to-date episode.

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