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I was wondering if IBS is considered a disability under the Family Leave Act? For the last 5 months I have been having daily IBS attacks. My boss prides himself in never missing a day of work in his life except for when he had his heart attack. He expects the same from his employees and reacts with disapproval whenever I call in sick. So therefore, I have been going into work after taking excessive amounts of donnatal and immodium in order to just get through the day. Has anyone else had experiences with employers good or bad regarding their understanding of IBS? Has anyone been able to utilize the Family Leave Act to take time to heal and recover from an attack of IBS?Thanks,Larry
 

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Honestly, I don't know, I never tried to use FMLA for IBS but also was not eligible as there were too few employees in the company.Here's a link to the Act http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/statutes/whd/fmla.htm But you might want to pay particular attention to the definition of serious health condition at this link http://www.dol.gov/dol/allcfr/ESA/Title_29...9CFR825.114.htm I can understand your frustration about having a boss who does not understand missing work for illness (unless it's so serious they themselves end up hospitalized) My old boss' response would be: well, if you can control the illness with medication, there's not a problem, is there?
 

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I absolutely have used the family medical leave several times for IBS. You can have 12 weeks and they are supposed to put you back in your job and can't fire you. Of course it's time off without pay unless you have disability insurance which has always helped me. Of course a devious employer can take you back after a leave and find ways to retaliate against you (and the law seems to have no protections against that kind of thing) Good luck to you.
 
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