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Family Medical Leave Act Poster and Employer Guide

By Rachel Steinhofer

The Department of Labor recently released an updated poster and a new Employer's Guide about the Family and Medical Leave Act. The updated poster, which can be found by clicking here, is designed to be easier to read and understood by employees. It is not a requirement to post the updated poster, but it is recommended so employees have a clear understanding of their FMLA rights.

The new Guide, entitled "Employer's Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act," is available at https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/employerguide.pdf. The Guide covers the subjects of

  • Covered Employers under the FMLA and their General Notice Requirements;
  • When an Employee Needs FMLA Leave;
  • Qualifying Reasons for Leave;
  • The Certification Process;
  • Military Family Leave;
  • Issues During an Employee's FMLA Leave; and
  • FMLA Prohibitions.

It should be understood that this Guide expresses the opinion of the DOL. While is may be a good starting point for employers, it is not necessarily the final word on a given matter. A court could disagree with the DOL's interpretation. Employers should contact legal counsel with any questions concerning FMLA and its application and interpretation in the workplace. 

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