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DOL Issues FMLA Employer Guide and Updates FMLA Poster

May 04, 2016

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. In addition to providing eligible employees an entitlement to leave, the FMLA requires that employers maintain employees' health benefits during leave and restore employees to their same or an equivalent job after leave.

FMLA Guide For Employers

The Department of Labor (DOL) has prepared a compliance guide for employers regarding the FMLA to increase their knowledge of the law. It is designed to help employers understand their obligations under the FMLA and the options that are available to them when administering FMLA leaves. This guide is organized to correspond to the order of events from an employee's leave request to the employee's restoration to the same or equivalent job at the end of the FMLA leave. It also includes a topical index for ease of use. The guide is available at

Revised FMLA Poster

The DOL has also updated its FMLA poster (last revised February 2013). Employers subject to the FMLA are required to display and keep displayed a poster summarizing the major provisions of the FMLA and telling employees how to file a complaint. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it. A poster must be displayed at all locations even if there are no eligible employees.

A copy of the revised poster is available for your information or for posting in the workplace at As noted on the website, covered employers may still use the February 2013 version of the poster to comply with FMLA requirements.

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