Happy 20th Birthday to the Family Medical Leave Act!

Wow, it is hard to believe it has been 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Despite the passing of two decades, many employers still have difficulty understanding and implementing the FMLA. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division enforces the FMLA, and has a good website with lots of helpful information, including Facts Sheets and e-tools which can assist employers in better understanding this important law.

Today, at 2:30 p.m. (EST) the Department of Labor is hosting an event with President Clinton to mark this anniversary. You can watch live via a webcast. In addition, the Wage and Hour Division will be publishing a final rule today which will implement amendments to the FMLA to expand the military family leave provisions, and a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees.

If you have employees who have family members in the military, be sure to review this Final Rule carefully, because it may affect how you currently handle these leaves under the FMLA.

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