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Proposed Regulations Would Help Clarify 'Serious' Condition and Improve Certification Rules, but Also Add a New Notification Requirement


The U.S. Department of Labor has forwarded its final draft of proposed new FMLA regulations to the federal Office of Management and Budget, paving the way for the changes to take effect before President Bush leaves office in January.

The first major overhaul of the FMLA since the law was passed in 1993, the new regulations will likely offer:

  • A clearer definition of “serious health conditions” that qualify for FMLA leave.
  • A more complete and clear explanation of employee and employer notification requirements.
  • More detail on when and how employers can collect FMLA medical certification information from employees and their doctors.

Read more about the regulations at the Labor Department's FMLA proposal page: to read more)

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