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The new FMLA: 9 changes you must comply with

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For the past 15 years, complying with the FMLA has been complex, but at least the law (once you figured it out) stayed the same.

On Jan. 16, 2009, that all changed. That’s the day the first major overhaul of the FMLA took effect.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the final version of those changes. The regulation update comes after two years during which the DOL received more than 20,000 suggestions on changes from employers and employee groups.

“The new rules drastically change the way much of the FMLA works,” said Matthew Effland, an employment law attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Indianapolis. “Some changes favor employers by offering greater flexibility in administering leave. But it’s imperative that HR professionals move quickly to update their policies so they don’t inadvertently violate the law.”

Here are the most important changes in the new FMLA regulations:

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