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New FMLA regulations clarify definitions, improve certification rules

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The U.S. Labor Department has published proposed FMLA regulations, which may change the way employers handle FMLA leave. The dual-purpose proposal includes changes to certain existing FMLA regulations and new military family leave entitlements.

These are the first proposed changes to the existing regulations since the FMLA was passed in 1993. The department is inviting interested parties to comment on the proposed regulations, including the military leave amendments to the FMLA. The deadline for comments is April 11, 2008.

Proposed changes to the existing rules

The Labor Department’s proposal contains an extensive discussion of the existing regulations, offers a number of substantive changes and invites comments on many other provisions. The three areas of greatest concern to employers are: the definition of a serious health condition; the use of unscheduled, intermittent leave; and the medical certification process....(register to read more)

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