Thursday, May 28, 2015

They're here! The US DOL Has Issued Updated FMLA Forms

The US Department of Labor has finally issued new versions of its sample Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notice, provider certification, and military certification forms. The “old” DOL forms expired some time ago, leaving employers to wonder when they would receive the DOL’s new “blessed” versions of the forms. Well, they are finally here!

Employers are not required to use the DOL’s new sample FMLA forms, but using them can give employers the peace of mind that they are asking for information they are allowed to obtain without over-reaching, and that they are providing all the FMLA information that employees are supposed to receive. With the DOL’s increased on-site audits of FMLA compliance
expected to continue, that is peace of mind worth having.

There are no major changes to the new FMLA forms as compared to the old ones, but there is new disclaimer language making clear that the employer is not requesting information protected by the Genetic Information Nondiscriminaton Act. The DOL is a bit late to the party on this one, as including such disclaimers has been recommended practice for several years.

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