DOL Proposes Revised FMLA Forms and Requests Comments

On August 5, 2019, the DOL's Wage and Hour Division published revised FMLA forms. The changes have only been proposed and are not yet final. The DOL is soliciting comments on the proposed changes through October 4, 2019.

The purpose of the changes is to simplify the forms in a manner that would minimize the current burden on employees and health care providers completing the forms. The DOL also stated a desire to improve the quality and clarity of the information collected.

Proposed Form WH-380-E, Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition, would request the health care provider's email address, the date that the form must be returned to the employer (15 calendar days), and the date that the employer first learned of the employee's need for leave. The health care provider is not asked to provide details of treatment and is specifically advised that treatment and diagnosis is not required to be provided and is actually not permissible in some states. The definition for serious health condition (inpatient care, continuing treatment, pregnancy, chronic condition, permanent/long-term condition, and multiple treatment conditions) is included in the form to assist employees and health care providers.

Proposed Form WH-381 will require the employer to enter hours worked by an employee if they are denying the request based on the fact that the employee has not met the 1,250 hour service requirement. The form requires the employer to indicate whether FMLA is being used at the same time as short-term disability, long-term disability, workers' compensation, or state-required family leave.

All of the forms have been reworded and reformatted to make them easier to understand. Most entry fields have been changed to check boxes. Also, all forms include a hyperlink to the DOL's FMLA website.

Again, these forms are not yet finalized. Until further notice, employers should continue to use the version of forms with an expiration date of August 31, 2021.

Request for Comments
Proposed FMLA Forms
Current FMLA Forms »