Here are three updates from the Department of Labor that all employers should note.
FMLA Issues New Employee Poster & Employer’s Guide
The Department of Labor has issued a new FMLA Employee Rights poster with this reminder:
“All covered employers are required to display and keep displayed a poster prepared by the Department of Labor summarizing the major provisions of The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and telling employees how to file a complaint. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants for employment can see it. A poster must be displayed at all locations even if there are no eligible employees.”
DOL has also issued The Employer’s Guide to Family and Medical Leave Act. The 76-page booklet can be downloaded as a PDF. Print copies of the FMLA Employer Guide will be available to order from the Wage and Hour Online Publication Ordering System by mid-June, 2016.
Jeff Nowak of FMLA Insights talks about this and offers links at: DOL Issues New FMLA Poster and Publishes Guide to Help Employers Administer FMLA. Nowak says that he and other employer-side leaders were able to offer feedback on the Guide, and notes that it is a decent, user-friendly resource even if some thorny issues remain unaddressed.
FLSA’s salary test
Jon Hyman of Ohio Employer’s Law Blog posts about the anticipated FLSA’s salary test to an expected $50,440 per year – but are they thinking of lowering the salary threshold? See his post Looks like the DOL just put its new salary test on the discount rack . Unconfirmed word on the street is that the threshold may be lowered to $47,000 – final rules are expected this summer, with the effective date being in September.
Veterans Job Resource
The US Department of Labor Blog announces the launch of a virtual, one-stop online employment services website for veterans. The new site can be found at veterans.gov. Resources include:
For Job Seekers
- Connect with one-on-one assistance in the nearly 2,500 American Job Centers located conveniently in communities around the country.
- Explore online job listings.
- Search career paths by industry, by similarity to military careers, or by keyword.
- Locate approved local training programs, colleges and universities.
- Find federal jobs as well as government career programs in sectors like agriculture, transportation, energy/utilities and homeland security.
- Learn how to start a business.
- Connect with our regional employer outreach specialists, who can share local resources for meeting your unique hiring needs.
- Post position descriptions and openings.
- Get a free hiring toolkit, “America’s Heroes at Work,” and other resources.
- Make a public commitment to hire veterans.