The Family and Medical Leave Act, with 2015 Cumulative Supplement

This resource covers all aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It reviews the responsibilities of employers and employees under the FMLA, and discusses the FMLA's interrelationships with other laws. It covers statutes, regulations, case law, and key Department of Labor (DOL) regulations and opinion letters.

Michael J. Ossip
Co-Editor-in-Chief (Main Volume)
Robert M. Hale
Co-Editor-in-Chief (Main Volume)
Indira Talwani
Associate Editor (Main Volume)
Gail V. Coleman
Associate Editor (Main Volume)
William Bush
Co-Editor-in-Chief (2015 Cumulative Supplement)
James M. Paul
Co-Editor-in-Chief (2015 Cumulative Supplement)


Main Volume Information

Thorough and accurate guidance on the issues practitioners must face in complying with the FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act is the premier resource for handling matters pertaining to all aspects of the FMLA, including its interrelationships with other laws. This thorough treatise focuses on the responsibilities of employees and employers under the Act, as reflected in the statute, regulations, and case law, including:

  • Provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act 
  • Regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor (DOL) 
  • How DOL opinion letters have interpreted FMLA provisions 
  • Case law under the FMLA 
  • How FMLA leave rights are coordinated with other legal rights of employees 

Appendices include the text of the Act and DOL Final Regulations—the two critical documents that must be understood by practitioners—together with comprehensive guides to the 120+ FMLA opinion letters that have been issued by the DOL, listed by topic, by section, and chronologically. It also includes summaries of the numerous state leave laws.


Supplement Information

The 2015 Cumulative Supplement analyzes and explains the several statutory and regulatory updates to the FMLA that have occurred through 2015.   To build upon the substantial changes that resulted from the 2009 Final Rule, the Cumulative Supplement discusses the 2013 Final Rule that implemented the 2008 and 2009 statutory amendments to the military exigency and caregiver leave provisions and the 2009 airline flight crew provisions.  It also incorporates the 2015 Final Rule that broadened the definition of “family member” to include same-sex spouses, as well as the 2015 Department of Labor FMLA form revisions.  In addition, the Cumulative Supplement addresses significant developments on topics including

  • Eligibility for leave, calculation of leave, and pay and benefits during leave
  • Restoration rights
  • Caring for family members (including the broader definition of “spouse”)
  • The interplay between the FMLA and employer policies regarding notice, certification, and fitness-for-duty certifications
  • The continuing application of prejudice and estoppel standards after Ragsdale v. Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. in cases alleging defective notice
  • Coverage of employers, standards of proof, notice requirements, enforcement, remedies, and more


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.
Michael J. Ossip is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Philadelphia PA.

Robert M. Hale is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice of Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston MA.

Indira Talwani was a partner in Segal Roitman LLP, Boston MA at the time the main volume was written. She is now a Federal District Court judge.

Gail V. Coleman is retired from the Department of Labor, where she served as Deputy Associate Solicitor for Fair Labor Standards.

William Bush is a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Cookeville TN. 

James M. Paul is a shareholder in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., St. Louis MO.


Federal Labor Standards Legislation CommitteeABA Section of Labor and Employment Law 


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