Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

What Employers Need to Know About the FMLA

Chief of the DOL Wage and Hour Division’s FMLA branch

More than two decades ago, the Family and Medical Leave Act was established so workers wouldn’t have to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one, and the job that they need.

We know that most employers want to properly comply with the FMLA’s promise of leave without pay and guaranteed job protection, yet they have a lot on their plates − from worrying about keeping their businesses on track to facilitating positive morale and well-being among employees. We’ve heard from many across the country who have requested compliance assistance to understand the details of the FMLA so they can do right by their workers.

The Wage and Hour Division believes if we help employers understand their responsibilities under the FMLA, we can all work together to help employees take leave when necessary to care for their families or their own serious health conditions.

As a result, the DOL has created a new comprehensive, plain-language and visually rich resource for FMLA administration. The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act has been designed especially for employers, managers, human resources specialists and professional leave administrators. The chapters walk readers step-by-step through the FMLA leave administration process.

Download PDF Employer Guide

Download the FMLA Employer Guide (English) in PDF format or order free copies here.

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