The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published an opinion letter last week stating that surgery for people who donate an organ qualifies as a “serious health condition” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The letter may provide reassurance to individuals that are considering donating a kidney, but are concerned about losing their jobs due to being away for surgery or post-surgery care.
About the Family and Medical Leave Act
The FMLA allows “eligible employees of covered employers” the ability to take 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period for certain family and medical conditions. In addition, FMLA ensures eligible employees continue to receive the same health insurance coverage during their leave.
Click here to read the opinion letter.