Back to News

Intermittent FMLA Leave Allowed to Attend IEP Meetings

Published on

August 19, 2019

A parent can use intermittent Family and Medical Leave to attend an individualized education program (IEP) meeting for their child, according to a recent federal opinion letter.

The new opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division clarified that a parent’s need to attend an IEP meeting that addresses the educational and special medical needs of a child – who has a serious health condition as certified by a health care provider – constitutes a qualifying reason for taking intermittent FMLA leave.

In the situation in question, a couple’s two children have qualifying serious health conditions, “pediatrician-prescribed occupational, speech, and physical therapy,” according to the department, and these needs are addressed as related services in the IEP. The mother attempted to use intermittent FMLA leave to attend the IEP meetings, but her employer denied the request.

The department, however, sees it differently. DOL previously determined that an employee can use FMLA time to attend care conferences for a person when the employee’s attendance is “clearly essential” to the quality and administration of care for that person.

Here, the department determined that the mother’s attendance at her children’s’ IEP meetings was essential to their care at school, and that their “school environment is suitable to their medical, social, and academic needs.”

Employers need to be mindful of intermittent FMLA requests. If an employee requests intermittent FMLA leave to attend a meeting as the medically responsible person for the care of a family member, the Department of Labor has consistently sided for the employee being able to take the intermittent leave.

If you have any questions on this new guidance or anything FMLA related, please contact any member of the Barley Snyder Employment Practice Group

Related News

View More News
Press Release
November 30, 2022

Barley Snyder Partner Joshua L. Schwartz Aids Lancaster Public Library’s Capital Campaign to Relocate and Upgrade Facility

For Immediate Release Lancaster, Pa. – Barley Snyder is pleased to share ...

Learn More
Press Release
November 10, 2022

Barley Snyder Partner David J. Freedman honored by George Mason University Alumni Association

For Immediate Release Lancaster, Pa. – The George Mason University Alumni...

Learn More
News Alert
November 9, 2022

New NLRB Majority Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Reverse Several Rules Enacted by the Prior Board

On November 3, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a N...

Learn More

Get in Touch

Our attorneys, paralegals and staff look forward to hearing from you. Please reach out to let us know how we can help.

Get In Touch
Super Lawyers
Best Law Firms US News
Best Lawyers