Department of Labor to study FMLA usage; may signal more upcoming regulatory changes

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it plans to conduct a study next year of how employees use leave under the FMLA, a move that could be a sign the agency is planning more regulatory changes to the law. The timing of this announcement—relatively late in the year—suggests any FMLA regulatory changes won’t be rolled out until 2011 at the earliest.

The DOL has already tinkered with the law once. Earlier this year, the agency endorsed a broad redefinition of “family” under the FMLA that includes step-parents and same-sex couples who have child-rearing responsibilities.

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