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DOL to study FMLA usage

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  has announced it plans to study how employees use leave under the FMLA, a move that may signal that more regulatory changes are on the way.

The Obama administration DOL has already implemented some regulatory changes. Earlier this year, the DOL endorsed a broad redefinition of “family” under the FMLA, one that includes step-parents and same-sex couples who have child-rearing responsibilities. (See “FMLA now covers care for partner’s children.”)

The timing of the DOL announcement—relatively late this year—suggests that any FMLA regulatory changes won't be rolled out until 2011 at the earliest. Any changes to actual wording of regulations will be subject to a public comment period.

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