DOL Updates ‘Soup to Nuts’ Guide to Family Leave



When employees seek to take leave for a serious health condition for themselves or their family members, they want to protect their jobs under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Employers must respond to such requests in specific timely ways to avoid violating the FMLA.

To help employers, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division updated The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The FMLA guide “is organized to correspond to the order of events from an employee’s leave request to restoration of the employee to the same or equivalent job at the end of the employee’s FMLA leave,” according to the DOL.

Informal Webinars and Updated FMLA Poster

In addition, the DOL said it intends to provide employers with additional guidance by conducting informational webinars on its updated FMLA guide. Detailed scheduling of the webinars has not yet been completed, but will be available on the agency’s website when plans have been finalized, DOL said.

Meanwhile, the DOL also updated a general FMLA Notice poster, Employee Rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (WH 1420), which is available to employers for “information or for posting in the workplace,” the DOL said.

The April 2016 version of the FMLA poster updates a February 2013 poster and provides employees with summaries of major FMLA provisions and information on procedures for filing complaints.

The DOL mandates employers to continuously display an FMLA poster in a “conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it,” the agency said.

Further, the FMLA poster must be displayed in every employer location, even at those locations where there are no FMLA-eligible employees, DOL said.

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