New regulations for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final version of its new rules promulgated under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rules went into effect on March 8, 2013. The final version—

  • Expanded qualifying exigency leave.
  • Expanded the definition of serious injury or illness.
  • Increased the time an eligible family member may take for qualifying exigency leave.
  • Created a new qualifying exigency leave category for parental care.
  • Added new leave calculations for airline flight crews.
  • Moved the location of definitions under the regulation from Section 825.800 to 825.102.
  • Clarified the rules for calculation of intermittent or reduced-schedule FMLA leave.

The FMLA optional forms have been updated to reflect these changes. Your organization will need to post the new FMLA poster.

Download a copy of the announcement from the Federal Register. The text of the new rules begin on page 8903.

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Published March 08, 2013 Posted in News About the Law, Employment Law
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