A serious health condition varies but includes:
- Conditions such as cancer
- Heart attacks
- Heart bypass or valve operations
- Severe injuries
- Kidney dialysis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Clinical depression
- Mental conditions that require impatient care or continuing treatments
- Pregnancy and childbirth
Sick leave for pregnancy and childbirth may only be granted for the period of the mother’s incapacitation, but not for bonding or to care for a healthy newborn.
Serious health conditions do not cover short-term conditions for which treatment and recovery are very brief nor conditions such as the flu, common cold, earaches, routine dental or orthodontia problems, etc., unless complications arise.