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July 22, 2014

New Family and Medical Leave Act Forms Now Available

February 6, 2013 was the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  In celebration, the United States Department of Labor released the results of a survey on the law’s use and impact.  According to the DOL, the survey shows that the “FMLA continues to make a positive impact on the lives of workers without imposing an undue burden upon employers,” and that both employers and employees find it “relatively easy to comply with the law.” The survey also concludes that “misuse of the FMLA is rare.” 

In addition to publishing the survey, the DOL issued a final rule implementing the law's protections to families of veterans and airline flight crews and making other clarifying changes.  Finally, the DOL published new forms for employers to use when seeking certification of serious health conditions or when designating eligibility, among other things.  As before, use of the forms is optional.

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Martha Zackin, Employment, Attorney, Mintz Levin, Law firm
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Martha is Of Counsel in the firm's Boston office, practicing in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Section. She has more than 20 years of experience advising and representing clients on a broad range of employment law issues and in adversarial proceedings. In her role as an advisor to employers, boards of directors, and executives, Martha regularly provides practical advice and counsel on a wide range of employment-related issues, including employee relations and policy matters, violations of noncompetition, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements, employee...

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