DOL Seeks Input on the FMLA

January 4, 2007

Finally!  You can let the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) know how you feel about the FMLA.  The DOL has invited the public to provide pertinent information about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its implementing regulations.  The DOL will use any input it receives to determine the effectiveness of the current regulations and the DOL’s administration of the FMLA.

While the DOL welcomes information on all issues related to the FMLA regulations, it specifically seeks comments on several topics, including:

Frost Brown Todd has counseled clients on a wide variety of FMLA issues.  Beyond question, it is a complex law.  FBT is well aware that certain FMLA issues (e.g. unscheduled intermittent leave for purported chronic conditions, not being able to directly contact the employee’s health care provider) continue to frustrate employers.  FBT plans to submit a summary to the DOL addressing certain repetitive FMLA issues which continue to pose significant hardships to our clients.  In doing so, we invite you to send us any specific concerns you would like to share with the DOL.  Please direct your comments to Jeff Shoskin (Cincinnati), 513-651-6834, jshoskin@fbtlaw.com; Susan Lonowski (Louisville), 505-568-0299, slonowski@fbtlaw.com; or Mekesha Montgomery (Nashville), 615-251-5585, mmontgomery@fbtlaw.com.


If you would rather send your written comments directly to the DOL, they can be submitted to Richard M. Brennan, Senior Regulatory Officer, Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.  You also may send them electronically to whdcomments@dol.gov.  If your comments are 20 pages or less, you may fax them to (202-693-1432).  Since all comments must be submitted to the DOL by Friday, February 2, 2007, we respectfully request that you forward any comments to us by Friday, January 19, 2007. 

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