After years of waiting, the U.S. Labor Department (DOL) has just published new regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These are the first significant changes since 1994, and will impact every employer subject to the law. The 762 pages of regulations not only address two new forms of military leave created earlier this year, but also make minor tweaks, major adjustments and wholesale changes to sections of the original FMLA regulations.
Not surprisingly, the result is a mixed bag for employers, who must come into compliance with the new regulations by January 16, 2009. The more significant topics are summarized below, and a detailed review of these (and other) changes can be found on our website.
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