DOL Seeks Comments on FMLA Form Revisions

August 12, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking comments on proposed revisions to DOL's optional-use Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. The DOL publishes seven forms which the public may use for FMLA administration. DOL drafted revisions with input from the public and is seeking comment on the proposed changes, which include:

  • fewer questions requiring written responses; replaced by statements that can be verified by simply checking a box;
  • reorganization of medical certification forms to more quickly determine if a medical condition is a serious health condition as defined by the FMLA;
  • clarifications to reduce the demand on health care providers for follow-up information;
  • more information on the notification forms to better communicate specific information about leave conditions to employees;
  • changes to the qualifying exigency certification form to provide clarity to employees about what information is required;
  • changes to the military caregiver leave forms to improve consistency and ease of use; and
  • layout and style changes to reduce blank space and improve readability.

Comments should be submitted to WHDPRAComments@dol.gov by October 4.