Notice: notices and forms for FMLA that were already expired now updated virtually unchanged

September 7th, 2018

Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal


This blog was written by Fiona Ong at Shawe Rosenthal, author of our Maryland Human Resources Manual. You can find the original blog and their Labor & Employment Report newsletter on their website. 

 

Time to Update Those FMLA Forms!!!

Fiona W. Ong

Finally! The new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms and notices are here!

As FMLA-covered employers sadly know, the FMLA requires employers to provide certain very detailed notices to employees requesting FMLA. In addition, employers may request only very specific and limited information from employees and their (or their family member’s) health care providers. The Department of Labor provides model FMLA forms and notices that meet the FMLA’s requirements on its website. These documents must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval every three years. The last batch of documents expired on May 31, 2018, but the DOL continued to extend their expiration date on a month-to-month basis while it awaited approval from OMB. Now finally, the Department of Labor has issued its updated FMLA forms and notices, which expire on August 31, 2021:

Although the forms are essentially unchanged from the prior version, employers should begin using the new forms rather than the expired ones!