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.

FMLA Employer Guide

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 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.

For Employers

  • 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.

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