The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has announced proposed changes to the information forms used by employers in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Qualification for FMLA leave requires disclosure of information to employers and employees about their FMLA rights and it also requires collection of information to determine whether FMLA leave is applicable. The proposed changes include the following:

  • Questions requiring written responses replaced by statements answered by checkboxes
  • Reorganized medical certification forms to expedite determination of seriousness of health condition
  • Reduce follow-up information required of health care providers
  • Added details on notification forms to communicate leave conditions to employees
  • Clarification to qualifying exigency certification form noting what information is required
  • Changes to military caregiver leave forms for consistency and ease
  • Formatting changes to improve readability

The public has a 60-day comment period on the proposed revisions before they can go into effect.

Stay tuned!