FMLA Employer Guide


The U.S. Department of Labor(DOL), has recently published a 76 page FMLA Employer Guide. Below is the DOL’s description of the Employer Guide:

This Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act is designed to provide essential information about the FMLA, including information about employers’ obligations under the law and the options available to employers in administering leave under the FMLA. The Guide is organized to correspond to the order of events from an employee’s leave request to restoration of the employee to the same or equivalent job at the end of the employee’s FMLA leave. It also includes a topical index for ease of use.

The Guide contains useful “Did You Know?” sections such as the one below:


Two (or more) businesses may simultaneously employ an employee, making them joint employers of the employee. For example, joint employment ordinarily will exist when a temporary employment agency supplies employees to a second employer. In that case, the employee must be counted by both employers when determining FMLA coverage.

This is a good resource to have on hand as a guide for those general FMLA questions but, as shown by the fact that the Guide is 76 pages, FMLA questions can often be tricky and complex. To avoid problems down the road, don’t forget to consult with your employment lawyer for those types of questions.