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New FMLA regulations and military leave: What you need to know

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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 FMLA.

Note: The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided a fact sheet on the new regulations. Find it at

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)

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