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.