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New FMLA poster required by March 8

Changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) required a revised poster that covered employers are to display.

The law was changed in 2009, but the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) updated the poster recently in conjunction with regulations implementing the 2009 changes. Several of these changes go into effect on March 8.

Covered employers (in general, all public employers and private employers with 50 or more employees) may use the new poster, with a revision date of February 2013, immediately or may use the old FMLA poster through March 7.

The new poster reflects changes made by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 and the final rules, published in the Federal Register on February 6, which included a broadened definition of veteran to include a veteran discharged within the past five years.

The revised poster also notes that the FMLA definitions of “serious injury or illness” for current service members and veterans are distinct from the FMLA definition of “serious health condition.”

In addition, it includes a statement about special hours of service eligibility requirements applying to flight crew members per the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act, which was also enacted in 2009.

All covered employers are required to display a poster summarizing major FMLA provisions and telling employees how to file a complaint.

 

 

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