Updated Family and Medical Leave Act Forms Are Now Available

Monday, September 17, 2018

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The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated forms for managing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers must use the current FMLA forms, which are also available on the federal Department of Labor website.

As we previously reported, the DOL has to submit forms to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review every three years. The DOL submitted the FMLA forms to the OMB in April, and requested a three-year extension of the current forms, without any changes to the substance of the forms. The OMB did not approve the new forms before the June 30, 2018 expiration date, so the expiration dates were automatically extended every 30 days, pending OMB approval.

The OMB recently approved the forms, which now have an expiration date of Aug. 31, 2021. Employers should ensure they are using these current forms.

Note: If you have employees in California, you should not use the DOL medical certification forms when your employees take leave under the FMLA and/or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The federal medical certification forms request medical information, which is not allowed under California law.

Source: HR Watchdog

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