DOL Issues New FMLA Forms … Sort Of

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When employees take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), that means paperwork for you.

If you use the Department of Labor's model FMLA certification and notice forms (as opposed to a homegrown variety), take note: Those six FMLA forms carried an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2011, in the top right corner.

For the past six weeks, the DOL has said employers could continue to use those expired forms. But just last week, the DOL published new versions that won't expire for three more years. Those forms carry a Feb. 28, 2015  expiration date. Employers can use these DOL forms directly in their organizations, or they can use the forms as models and create their own versions.

These "updated" versions, however, did not include any substantive changes, only the expiration date. That was somewhat of a surprise because the DOL did not use this opportunity to fix a pair of key deficiencies on their FMLA forms. Those ...(register to read more)

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