The Department of Labor (DOL) Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification forms originally expired in February and the DOL was very slow to respond…but it seems as I was eating my first hotdog of the season the DOL was making a minor but critical change to the FMLA certification forms.
The new forms, which will not expire until May 2018, now include the following language
Do not provide information about genetic tests, as defined in 29 C.F.R. § 1635.3(f), genetic services, as defined in 29 C.F.R. § 1635.3(e), or the manifestation of disease or disorder in the employee’s family members, 29 C.F.R. § 1635.3(b).
This new wording is related to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and is an important addition for most employers.
You can download the new forms here.
Don’t forget to update your printed forms and those on your websites! Also, talk to your vendors to ensure they are up to date with regards to GINA and other important nondiscrimination regulations.
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