What Employers Need to Know About the Family and Medical Leave Act
More than two decades ago, the Family and Medical Leave Act was established so workers wouldn’t have to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one, and the job that they need. We know that most employers want to properly comply with the FMLA’s promise of leave without pay and guaranteed job protection, yet they have a lot on their plates − from worrying about keeping their businesses on track to facilitating positive morale and well-being among employees. We’ve heard from many across the country who have requested compliance assistance to understand the details of the FMLA so they can do right by their workers. At the Wage and Hour Division, we believe if we help employers understand their responsibilities under the FMLA, we can all work together to help employees take leave when necessary to care for their families or their own serious health conditions. As a result, we’ve created a new comprehensive, plain-language and visually rich resource for FMLA administration. The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act has been designed especially for employers, managers, human resources specialists and professional leave administrators. The chapters walk readers step-by-step through the FMLA leave administration process. Download the PDF online or order free copies here. As part of the guide’s creation, we sough feedback from various employers and human resource professionals that helped us refine the materials. And we have already received positive feedback from employers and industry associations. Check out the guide today, and share it with your co-workers and networks. We’re very proud of this dynamic new resource, and will be sharing it far and wide through our many outreach efforts and engagements. Helen Applewhaite is chief of the Wage and Hour Division’s FMLA branch.