Yes, you can use Intermittent FMLA for this type of outpatient treatment. The best part about use Intermittent FMLA is that is completely confidential to all management, supervisors, and employees.
What is Intermittent FMLA?
Instead of leaving for the full 12 months, intermittent FMLA is an option for employees who want to use FMLA leave in a more flexible way. For example, FMLA is often used for surgeries or medical procedures that require a length of consecutive leave time. Intermittent FMLA leave involves using days or hours, broken down into increments over the year. So, if you were doing physical therapy or outpatient services and it required you to take off of work 3 hours early to make these appointments or session, Intermittent FMLA would be what you would utilize.
Intermittent FMLA can also be used to care for a family member with a serious illness or receive treatments over time. When an employee who suffers from a condition or illness that causes “flare-ups” or periods of time where they cannot work is another incident where intermittent FMLA is utilized.