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FMLA FAQs

The following is a listing of frequently asked questions from the Department of Labor regarding FMLA:

  • Nonmilitary FAQs
  • Military FAQs

Q. What are an employer’s posting and general notice requirements?

A. Employers must post a general notice explaining the FMLA's provisions and providing information regarding procedures for filing a claim under the Act in a conspicuous place where it can be seen by employees and applicants. Under the regulations, this posted notice includes additional information regarding the definition of a serious health condition, the new military family leave entitlements, and employer and employee responsibilities. Employers must also include the information in this general notice in any employee handbook or other written policies or manuals describing employee benefits and leave provisions. Additionally, under the regulations, an employer without a handbook or written guidance is required to provide this general notice to new employees upon hiring

Q. How soon after an employee provides notice of the need for leave must an employer determine whether someone is eligible for FMLA leave?

A. Absent extenuating circumstances, the regulations require an employer to notify an employee of whether the employee is eligible to take FMLA leave (and, if not, at least one reason why the employee is ineligible) within five (5) business days of the employee requesting leave or the employer learning that an employee’s leave may be for a FMLA-qualifying reason.


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