August 05, 2019

FMLA Forms: Time for an Update!

On August 5, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor published a notice announcing a 60-day public comment period on proposed revisions to the Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) optional-use Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. Some of the proposed changes include:

  • Fewer questions requiring written responses; replaced by statements that can be verified by simply checking a box
  • Reorganization of medical certification forms to more quickly determine if a medical condition is a serious health condition as defined by the FMLA
  • Clarifications to reduce the demand on health care providers for follow-up information
  • More information on the notification forms to better communicate specific information about leave conditions to employees
  • Changes to the qualifying exigency certification form to provide clarity to employees about what information is required
  • Changes to the military caregiver leave forms to improve consistency and ease of use
  • Layout and style changes to reduce blank space and improve readability.

You can view the proposed form changes here. You can submit comments via email to  The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, October 4, 2019.