When can FMLA be taken for care of sibling?

The FMLA typically allows eligible workers to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave to care for the serious illness of a son or daughter. But it's not just biological or adoptive parents who can qualify.

Employees can also take FMLA leave if they're standing in loco parentis of a person with a serious ailment who is under 18 or is over 18 and "is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability." The relationship is characterized by day-to-day responsibility, not a biological or legal relationship.

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