I have a little Family and Medical Leave Act treasure map for you.

Treasure chest color
The treasure being compliance. So, not exactly riches; somewhat less exciting than Indiana Jones discovering the lost ark. Except, this treasure won’t melt your face off. And you’ll be adorned in HR-compliance.

You can’t really place a value on that now, can you?

So, lucky you! The U.S. Department of Labor, which already has a set of frequently asked FMLA questionsan employee guide, and a Field Operations Handbook, has published an FMLA Employer Guide. Here’s 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.

While the Employer Guide can never replace a great employment lawyer, or a great employment law blog, or a great employment lawyer with a great employment law blog — know anyone? —  it’s a good resource to add to your compliance library.

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