New final rule revises Federal FMLA

February 25, 2015: The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.

The Final Rule, which goes into effect March 27, 2015, amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the FMLA so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. An updated FMLA poster may be issued soon to highlight this recent change.

The FMLA notice summarizes the major provisions of The Family and Medical Leave Act and informs employees how to file a complaint. All covered employers are required to display the notice in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it.

Progressive Business Compliance, continuously monitor the ever-changing labor law environment to keep companies compliant with Federal and State posting requirements.