What are the specific purposes for FMLA leave?

Eligible employees are granted leave for any of the following reasons:

  • The birth of a child (but only during the first 12 months after the birth) in order to care for the son or daughter.
  • The adoption of a child or placement of a foster child (but only during the first 12 months after the adoption or placement).
  • The care of a family member with a serious health condition.
  • A serious health condition of the employee which makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job.