Who is Considered a Family Member?
- individual related by blood or affinity whose close association the employee shows to be the equivalent of those family relationships
What is "Relationship by Affinity?""Relationship by affinity" refers to an individual whose close association the worker shows to be the equivalent of one of the family relationships listed above regardless of biological or legal relationship.
- This determination is situation specific and governed by the circumstances of the individuals involved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Must the family member for whom the worker seeks caregiver leave benefits reside in the United States?
No, a worker may apply for benefits for caregiver leave to care for a family member residing outside of the United States. As with all claims for caregiver leave benefits, the worker will be required to have the family member's healthcare provider complete a Medical Certification form providing information about the family member's serious health condition.