According to the announcement, every employer covered by the FMLA is required to post and keep posted on its premises, in conspicuous places where employees are employed, a notice explaining the Act’s provisions.
In addition, the DoL has provided optional forms for use by employers and employees during the FMLA process. The Department has revised its Certification of Health Care Provider form (WH-380), and divided it into two separate forms for an Employee’s Serious Health Condition (WH-380E) and a Family Member’s Serious Health Condition (WH-380F). The Department has also revised its Notice of Eligibility and Rights and Responsibilities form (WH-381).
The Department has also added new forms for Designation Notice to Employee of FMLA Leave (WH-382), Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave (WH-384), and Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Covered Servicemember for Military Family Leave (WH-385) to its FMLA Final Rule Web site at www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/finalrule.htm .
The DoL published the final rule on November 17 updating its regulations for the first time in the 15 years since the FMLA was established (See DoL to Publish Final FMLA Regs ). The new rule is effective January 16, 2009.