Is your company subject to the requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? If the answer is yes, or if you're unsure about whether your business is covered by this important federal law, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has a new resource for you!
Online Advisor Offers FMLA Guidelines
The FMLA Advisor has been recently updated to reflect revised regulations and recent amendments to the law and is designed to assist you in understanding:
- Which employers are required to provide FMLA leave;
- Which employees are eligible to take FMLA leave;
- Valid reasons for leave;
- Employer and employee notice requirements; and
- Other responsibilities under the law.
The FMLA Advisor is intended to provide general guidance on the FMLA. It reflects current regulations effective as of January 16, 2009, and also notes changes resulting from subsequent amendments to the FMLA related to the military family leave provisions.
Other FMLA Guidelines Available for Employers
In addition to the online advisor, the DOL maintains a number of resources that can help employers learn more about their responsibilities under the law, including the following:
- Compliance Assistance: Family and Medical Leave Act
Links to various sources of information about FMLA.
- Fact Sheet on FMLA
Covers the major requirements of FMLA and updates to the FMLA regulations.
- FMLA Compliance Guide
Summarizes FMLA provisions and regulations and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Keep in mind that some states also have their own family and medical leave laws which may provide greater protection to employees than the federal FMLA. If you need further compliance assistance you should contact a local office of the DOL's Wage and Hour Division or a knowledgeable employment law attorney. You can also read our section on the Family and Medical Leave Act.
For more free guidance on federal labor laws, including the FMLA, you can download our Federal Labor Laws by Company Size Chart.