Submit Comments on FMLA Paperwork Burden by November 28

​The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking comments on the burden of the recordkeeping requirements and model notices and certification forms under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  (76 Fed Reg 60086, Sept. 28, 2011).

The DOL currently estimates time per response as follows:
Employee Notice of Need for FMLA  Leave: 2 minutes.
Notice to Employee of FMLA Eligibility and Rights and Responsibilities Notice: 10 minutes.
Medical Certification and Recertification: 20 minutes.
Certification for Leave for a Qualifying Exigency: 20 minutes.
Certification for Leave to Care for Covered Servicemember: 30 minutes.
Notice to Employees of FMLA Designation: 10 minutes.
Fitness-for-Duty Medical Certification: 10 minutes.
Notice to Employees of Change of 12–Month Period for Determining FMLA Entitlement: 1.79336117 seconds.
Key Employee Notification: 5 minutes.
Periodic Employee Status: 2 minutes.
Notice to Employee of Pending Cancellation of Health Benefits: 5 minutes.
Documenting Family Relationship: 5 minutes.
Recordkeeping: 1.25 minutes.
The DOL is particularly interested in comments that evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency.

Comments must be submitted on or before November 28, 2011.  Comments should be identified by Control Number 1235–0003, and can be emailed to or mailed to Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.