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Department of Labor Issues New FMLA Poster

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 Guide handbook.

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.