Employers that are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are
required to display a poster in their workplace for their employees to
review. Effective immediately, the U.S. Department Labor has issued a
new poster with new features and information, along with a new Employer
The New FMLA Poster
FMLA Posters are required by covered employers to ensure that employees
are aware of their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The new
2016 poster is largely similar to the previous version with a few distinct changes.
For one, the Department of Labor's contact information has been made
more prominent and labeled with "for additional information or to
file a complaint."
Additionally, the redesigned poster also comes with a QR Code, which employees
can access with their smartphones or mobile devices. The QR Code will
bring their mobile browser to the DOL's Wage & Hour Division website.
If you are a covered employer, it is advised you start displaying the new
poster immediately (as it has been dated 04/16). You should update all
electronic displays of the poster in your intranet site and print the
new poster on legal size paper. If you have "all-in-posters"
or have the poster printed in employee handbooks, those older versions
of the poster can remain.
The New Employer Guide
"The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act" is a new, 76-page publication for employers who want to ensure that they
comply with the FMLA. While the booklet does not contain significant changes
to prior available information or guidelines, it goes contain recommended
practices, helpful graphics and charts, visual road maps of the leave
request process, and other useful information for employers.
The New Employer Guide, however, is not a replacement for actual legal
counsel. If you are an employer who is facing an FMLA issue or wants to
ensure that your company is in full compliance, then we at
Chehardy Sherman Williams invite you to call us today. Contact Labor & Employment law attorney
Patricia E. Pannell who can work with you to help ensure legal compliance with federal standards.
Want to learn more about how our firm can assist you?
Call us at (504) 217-2006 today.