Department of Labor Publishes New FMLA Forms

Employers subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can now find updated versions of the FMLA forms on the Department of Labor’s website. The Department of Labor publishes new versions of the forms every three years. The most recent set of forms, made available in late May of 2015, are valid until May 31, 2018.

Employers should use the updated versions of the following forms when administering FMLA leave:

As has always been the case, the use of the above FMLA forms is optional and not required. However, the FMLA requires that employers provide employees with various notices in some format. (For more information on an employer’s notice obligations, see Notice Requirements Under the FMLA.) Using forms WH-381 and WH-382 will fulfill an employer’s obligations under the FMLA. Employers should also continue to use the previous version of the FMLA poster, which was not updated this year.