The Department of Labor has announced a new FMLA guide designed to help employers through the FMLA process. “The Guide is organized to correspond to the order of events from an employee’s leave request, to restoration of the employee to the same or equivalent job at the end of the employee’s FMLA leave. It also includes a topical index for ease of use.” The new employer guide comes almost four years after the DOL published an employee’s guide to the FMLA.
An FMLA covered employer is required to prominently post an FMLA poster, whether or not there are FMLA eligible employees at that location. A free download of the required poster is available through the DOL. The DOL is in the process of reworking the poster to make it more reader friendly. According to the DOL website, the 2013 version of the poster is still acceptable and employers will not be required to use the new version of the poster. The information has not changed, and the new poster reflects new formatting rather than any substantive changes.
The employer guide is long overdue, and hopefully will help employers as they implement FMLA in their workplaces.