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Labor Department publishes proposed new FMLA regulations

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

On Feb. 11, 2008, the U.S. Labor Department published proposed regulations interpreting the FMLA of 1993. The department also published new draft forms for use in processing FMLA leave requests. Interested parties have until April 11, 2008, to submit comments on the proposed regulations. In addition, Congress is conducting hearings on the proposed changes. The Labor Department expects to release final regulations before President Bush leaves office.

The FMLA gives certain workers the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every 12 months for qualifying conditions such as a serious health condition, the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Earlier this year, Congress amended the FMLA to provide two new types of leave for the families of members of the armed forces, including 26 weeks of leave for families of service members seriously injured in the line of ...(register to read more)

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