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March 8, 2013 is the effective date for the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule implementing important areas of expansion in the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA” or “the Act”). As part of the implementation, a revised FMLA workplace poster has been created and is available to employers on the Internet (pdf). All covered employers are advised to replace their existing poster with the revised version by March 8, 2013.
On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final rule, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Act. The rule and its preamble require careful analysis, but the major elements are as follows:
In light of the final rule, it is imperative that employers carefully review their current policies and handbooks in order to ensure that any necessary revisions are made to reflect the changes implemented by the final rule, and develop a communications strategy to bring HR professionals and managers up to date on the new provisions.