DOL Publishes Updated FMLA Guidance on Mental Health


​As the nation recognizes National Mental Health Awareness month, the Department of Labor's (DOL's) Wage and Hour Division is providing additional resources for workers on their rights to take leave for serious mental health conditions and for employers to better understand how to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In a DOL press release, an eligible employee may take FMLA leave for their own serious health condition or to care for a spouse, child, or parent because of their serious health condition. A serious health condition can include a mental health condition. Under the FMLA, mental and physical health conditions are considered serious health conditions if they require inpatient care or continuing treatment by a health care provider, such as an overnight stay in a treatment center for addiction or continuing treatment by a clinical psychologist. 

The newly published guidance includes a fact sheet and FAQs.