The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has implemented new rules concerning the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) Regulations. All covered employers (an employer with 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius) will need to post the DOL’s new posting containing the rules as of March 8, 2013. You can obtain the required posting here: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/fmlaen.pdf.
The most important notable change is that servicemember care leave is now available for employees to care for family members who are covered veterans undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy for a serious injury or illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty on during active duty. A covered veteran is one who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable within the five-year period preceding the date the employee first takes leave to care for the veteran.
For more information about the new rules you can contact Jen Phillips at contact firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the DOL’s fact sheet at http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/2013rule/fs-general.htm.