Earlier this month, we wrote about the Department of Labor’s final rules implementing certain previously proposed amendments to the FMLA. In addition to the amendments we previously discussed, the final rules also require employers to start using new FMLA notice and certification forms, and to post a new FMLA poster, beginning March 8, 2013. The DOL’s new forms and new poster are now available on the DOL Web site for employer access.

With regard to the new forms, employers may either use the DOL’s model forms or create their own, so long as they do not require employees to disclose more information than what is required by the FMLA. Employers currently using their own forms should be sure to update their forms by March 8, 2013.