US DOL Issues New and Updated Resources on the Family and Medical Leave Act
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the federal Department of Labor has launched an FMLA webpage with new and updated resources.
The webpage contains the following categories: General Guidance, Fact Sheets, Forms, Other Resources, Interpretive Guidance (which further links to the new Opinion Letter discussed elsewhere in this E-Update), and Laws and Regulations. Each of these link to webpages with specific materials. These include the following resources of particular interest or usefulness to employers:
- FMLA Frequently Asked Questions
- FMLA Employer Guide
- Questions and Answers concerning the use of FMLA leave to care for a son or daughter age 18 or older
- COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the FMLA
- A multitude of Fact Sheets on various FMLA topics, including “in loco parentis” relationships for parents and children, employer and employee notice requirements, adult children, joint employment, and mental health conditions. Fact sheets that were added recently include “Taking Leave from Work When You or Your Family Member Has a Serious Health Condition under the FMLA” and “Taking Leave from Work for Birth, Placement, and Bonding with a Child under the FMLA.” Some of the Fact Sheets contain examples of situations that may be helpful.
- The DOL’s model FMLA poster and forms.
- elaws Employee/Employer Advisor, an interactive tool