New DOL Guidebook Tackles Tricky FMLA Issues

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new guidebook to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intended to help employees and employers understand the basic requirements of the FMLA. The guidebook is written in “plain language” and includes summaries of the FMLA provisions and flow charts describing FMLA eligibility and the procedure for medical certification. Also included is information for employees about their reinstatement rights after using FMLA leave, the procedure for filing a complaint if they believe their FMLA rights have been violated, and links to other FMLA resources for both employees and employers.

Employers can use the guide as a quick summary of FMLA laws and how they benefit the workplace. The guide can be distributed to employees with questions about the FMLA. The guidebook may even be useful in FMLA training for supervisors and managers, reminding them that they must guard against interference with employees’ rights to use their legally permitted FMLA time and retaliation against employees who exercise those rights.

The guidebook titled Need Time? The Employee’s Guide to The Family and Medical Leave Act is available in English with a Spanish version to be released soon. Information about how to download the guide as a PDF document or to order printed copies is available here.