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Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave

FMLA leave may be taken “intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule” under certain circumstances.

What is Intermittent or Reduced Schedule Leave?

  • Intermittent leave is FMLA leave taken in separate blocks of time due to a single qualifying reason. Examples of intermittent leave include:
    • Leave taken on an occasional basis for medical appointments;
    • Leave taken several days at a time spread over a period of six months, such as for chemotherapy; or
    • A pregnant employee who takes leave intermittently for prenatal examinations or for her own condition, such as for periods of severe morning sickness.
  • A reduced leave schedule is a leave schedule that reduces an employee's usual number of working hours per workweek, or hours per workday. A reduced leave schedule is a change in the employee's schedule for a period of time, normally from full-time to part-time.
    • For example, an employee who is recovering from a serious health condition and is not strong enough to work a full-time schedule may be eligible for a reduced leave schedule.

If an employee needs leave intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule for planned medical treatment, then the employee must make a reasonable effort to schedule the treatment so as not to disrupt unduly the employer's operations.

When Can an Intermittent or Reduced Schedule Leave Be Taken?

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