DOL Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are seeking public comments through Oct. 4 on proposed changes to the forms used for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. According to the DOL, the goal in revising the forms is to increase compliance with the FMLA, improve customer service, and […]

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Opinion Letter Clarifies Start of FMLA Leave

According to an opinion letter issued March 14 by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL), the clock starts ticking on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave the moment the employee qualifies for the leave. This opinion, signed by acting WHD Administrator Keith Sonderling, runs counter to a ruling […]

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Will FMLA Morph into the FAMILY Act?

As the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) celebrates its 26th anniversary today (Feb. 5, 2019), movement is afoot in Congress to supplant the non-paid leave of the FMLA with paid leave under proposed legislation titled the¬†Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The proposed bill will be introduced in both houses in the near […]

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FMLA Forms Now Good Through 2021

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the reissuing of all Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms with a new expiration date of Aug. 31, 2021. The previous forms had expired on May 31 due to the Paperwork Reduction Act, which requires all government forms to be reviewed, re-approved and reissued (or […]

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DOL Releases New Opinion Letters Regarding FLSA, FMLA

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced it has issued six new opinion letters, which it says “demonstrates the agency’s continued commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the information they need to comply with federal labor laws.” […]

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Sen. Rubio Introduces Ivanka Trump’s Paid Family Leave Law

Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) this week introduced legislation to create a paid family leave option nationwide that would use social security funds to pay for the leave in a tit-for-tat sort of way: you take two months family leave, social security pays for it, and then your social security start date is offset by two […]

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Paid Family Leave to Get Senate Committee Hearing

Even with the endorsement of the president in his State of the Union address, First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s paid family leave proposal seemed dead on arrival, but after working with Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) and others, Ivanka has convinced enough people in the Senate to schedule a hearing on July 11. The Senate Committee on […]

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All FMLA Forms Expire Tonight, But They’re Still Good

The seven forms and notices published by the Department of Labor (DOL) for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) expire tonight (May 31) at midnight, but a spokesperson says the documents are still good while permission for issuing newly dated versions is being obtained. According to a spokesperson, a request to reissue the forms […]

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IRS Issues FAQs on Paid FMLA Leave

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 opened a two-year window, from Jan. 1 this year to Dec. 31, 2019, for qualifying companies to receive a tax credit if they offer paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off. This month the IRS issued a set of FAQs to help explain how the […]

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DOL: Repeated Short Rest Breaks Are Not Compensable Under the FLSA

In one of three opinion letters recently published by the Department of Labor (DOL), the agency addressed the issue of whether short rest breaks — in this case, taken for 15 minutes every hour for a serious health condition — are compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and concluded that they are not. […]

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