The Family Medical Leave Act protects employees that are covered by this law when absences are for serious health conditions, as these conditions are defined by the act. A condition that disables an employee from work for more than three days is, by definition, a serious health condition for which absences due to his condition are protected. This is not the only way though to be found to have a serious health condition. Conditions that require ongoing treatment by a healthcare professional are also protected. I would assume that your husband's broken leg requires more than one visit to the doctor for treatment. It sounds like this may be serious enough to be protected under the law. The Department of Labor has a certification form for FMLA qualifying absences. If you visit its website www.dol.gov, you can find the FMLA certification form, take it to the doctor, and if the doctor certifies one of the several bases for protected leave, give it to the employer. If the employer terminate your husband's employment because of these absences, it will then be potentially liable for your husband's lost wages if he brings a claim.