FMLA Final Rule and New Poster/Form Requirements Effective March 8, 2013

On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) published its Final Rule on changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), including regulations concerning military caregiver leave for veterans, qualifying exigency leave for parental care, and special leave calculation methods for flight crew employees.  DOL has provided a summary of the differences between the current regulations and the new 2013 regulations which can be found at their website: http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/2013rule/comparison.htm. We want to make you aware that beginning March 8, 2013, the Final Rule also requires employers to use the new FMLA poster that all covered employers under FMLA are required to display and to keep displayed.  The updated poster which can be found at the link listed below, summarizes the major provisions of the Act and tells employees how to file a complaint.  In the event covered employers use the optional-use forms (i.e. certification of an employee’s serious health condition, notice of eligibility, etc.) provided on the DOL website, the updated forms provided under the link below should also be used beginning March 8, 2013 as they reflect the new requirements under the Final Rule.

Poster: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/fmla.htm

Forms: http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/2013rule/militaryForms.htm

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