Situation Report | July 27, 2020
On July 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register seeking feedback on the administration and use of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It also unveiled revised, streamlined optional forms that employers and workers can use when applying for and coordinating FMLA leave.
The RFI solicits feedback on specific challenges or best practices in the use or administration of FMLA leave to help the Department identify topics for compliance assistance.
The new optional forms include electronic signature features (to help minimize contact) and fewer questions that require written responses, replaced by statements that can be completed by checking a box.
DOL says the changes would reduce the amount of time to provide information and communicate it to employees more directly and clearly.
For more information, contact the Division’s toll-free helpline at 1-866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or go to www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.