FMLA--Travel to Care for a Parent
An employee's mother was seriously ill an hospitalized for 10 days. The employee travelled to the state where her mother lives (approximately 4 hr flight) and cared for her mother during and after the hospital stay. Upon her return to work, a fellow HR professional informed the employee that the time spent travelling to and from her mother's town would not be counted as FMLA, could not be covered by sick leave, and the employee would have to use vacation time to cover this time. I disagree. The employee was legitimately travelling to care for her mother's serious health condition and provided all supporting documentation. I've never before heard of anyone taking this stance. I've gone back and re-read the actual regulation as well as searched the internet, but I can't find any objective information to back my opinion. Any thoughts?