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DOL FMLA Forms Have Expired on June 30th – Can They Still Be Used?

19 Jul

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Update applicable to:

All employers with 50 or more employees

What happened?

The Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed that the five optional-use forms for employers to comply with notice requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are still applicable, regardless of their expiration date.

What are the details?

DOL Forms Still Applicable Despite Expiration Date

The expiration date on the forms is related to the collection of information as required by the Office of Management and Budget, but it does not affect the content of the required information.

Employers’ Use of Forms

While employers are not obligated to use the DOL’s forms, which are model versions, they may choose to do so. Alternatively, they can create their own forms as long as they include the same basic notice and certification information. Some employers modify the DOL-recommended forms to align with state laws or other specific requirements.

Acceptance of Certification

The DOL emphasizes that employers must accept a complete and sufficient certification of an employee’s need for FMLA leave, regardless of the format in which it is provided. This includes accepting faxes, copies of the certification, certifications not completed on the employer’s standard form, or any other record of medical documentation from the healthcare provider. The employer cannot reject a certification that contains all the necessary information to determine if the leave qualifies under FMLA.

For more information, please see the links below:

DOL FMLA Forms FAQ

Article 1, Article 2

What do employers need to do?

Employers can continue to use the DOL FMLA forms despite their expiration date, but employers are not obligated to use them if they already have or will begin to utilize their own form that covers the necessary information.

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