New Family and Medical Leave Act Poster Now Available

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will publish a final rule to implement statutory amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). In addition to expanding military family leave provisions and incorporating a special eligibility provision for airline flight crew employees, the final rule also includes additional regulatory changes.

Several changes to the FMLA regulations made in this final rule, including military caregiver leave for a veteran, qualifying exigency leave for parental care, and the special leave calculation method for flight crew employees, will take effect along with the final rule on March 8, 2013. As the Department noted in the preamble to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, however, some of the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010 and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act, such as the expansion of qualifying exigency leave to families of members of the Regular Armed Forces and the special eligibility hours of service requirement for flight crew employees, were effective as of the enactment date of those statutes.

The rule also mandates that all covered employers display and keep displayed a poster prepared by the Department of Labor summarizing the major provisions of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and telling employees how to file a complaint. Covered employers include all employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius of the employee’s worksite. The posters must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it, and a poster must be displayed at all locations—even where there are no eligible employees.

A copy of the updated poster (WH 1420) is available online, Employers may start using the new poster immediately, or they may continue to use the old FMLA poster through March 7, 2013.

More information is available at the Wage and Hour Division’s FMLA Final Rule website. Click here to download or print a copy of the new FMLA poster.


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Pam Leavitt, Policy Advisor

Posted in Community Impact, Compliance News.