It’s here and it’s 750 pages long. It was originally published in February, 2008. And on November 17th, the Department of Labor finally published its revised regulations to guide employers as we navigate FMLA.
Employers had identified many areas that required clarification since the FMLA was enacted. And the new regulations do address many of them. For instance, most of us see a potential of abuse of intermittent leave and we also find gray areas that prevent asking medical questions regarding FMLA that are allowed under the ADA.
But, and it’s a big but, according to Frank Alvarez of Jackson Lewis, ” Many employers do not have the resources to master complex FMLA rules. Most are cutting staff and slashing training budgets. At the same time, they can’t afford to ignore this issue. FMLA is a major compliance obligation, and in the midst of today’s economic uncertainty, attendance and productivity can be keys to a company’s survival.”