Changes on the Horizon: FMLA Update Part 1

F-M-L-A.

Four little letters that strike terror in the hearts of HR Managers around the country. And it’s not for want of trying. Employers want to comply–they really do. But the FMLA doesn’t make it easy. Enacted with good intentions, the statute and its enforcement regulations have become one of the biggest employer complaints. Business groups have been calling for a substantial revision of the “FMLA Regs” for some time. The Regs have made compliance cumbersome and difficult to truly understand. Unfortunately, they have also enabled the statute to be grossly misused by not-so-well-intended employees. Continue reading

FMLA Amendment: National Defense Authorization Act

On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 (NDAA). One section of the NDAA is an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). The NDAA became effective immediately following the President’s signature. The Department of Labor (DOL) has not issued regulations, though. Until they do, the DOL announced that it will not look to enforce the Act so long as employers are complying “in good faith.” Continue reading