If you are responsible for administering any aspect of your company’s Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) policy, from handling leave requests and paperwork to training managers on FMLA compliance, consider spending some time on the U.S. Department of Labor’s FMLA webpage (https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/).
The DOL has undertaken efforts to make its FMLA webpage much more user-friendly, for both employees and employers. The FMLA homepage now includes clear links and easy access to:
- General Guidance materials (such as FAQs and separate employee and employer guides);
- Fact Sheets (topics range from the meaning of “in loco parentis” to joint employer responsibilities);
- E-Tools (interactive online tools and presentations about the FMLA);
- Posters (including the new FMLA poster issued in April 2016; use of the new poster is not yet required, but the information in the new poster has been streamlined and simplified);
- Forms (consider making it a practice to pull FMLA notices and certification forms from the website each time they are needed, so as to ensure you are using the most recent forms);
- Interpretive Guidance (such as DOL opinion letters on thorny topics);
- Law and Regulations (if you’re looking to go directly to the source!).
You’ll likely find it worth your while to spend some time reviewing the above FMLA materials.