by Alfred B. Robinson, Jr., Esq., Ogletree Deakins
New FMLA regulations go into effect on Jan. 16. Employers must become familiar with these changes and adjust their policies accordingly. Here’s a summary of some of the most important changes to the .
Note: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided a fact sheet on the new regulations. Find it at www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/finalrule/factsheet.pdf.
Revisions to existing FMLA regs
1. Definition of “serious health condition.” The final regulations reorganize the various definitions of a serious health condition. While the DOL retains six definitions, it modified the tests of “incapacity and treatment” as follows:
- For continuing treatment involving two or more doctor visits, those visits now must occur within 30 days of the start of the incapacity.
- The first visit with a health care provider (whether followed by a successive visit within 30 days or...(register to read more)