New FMLA regulations further define ‘serious illness’

published in The Journal Record | December 4, 2008

McAfee & Taft employment attorney Charlie Plumb was interviewed by the The Journal Record for a front page story about the new Family and Medical Leave Act regulations set to take effect Jan. 16, changes meant to alleviate some of employers’ frustrations with the law.

“The Department of Labor was absolutely deluged with really an unusually large number of complaints and observations and problems employers were having with the old regulations,” Plumb told the Journal Record.

In the article, he outlined some of the more significant changes found in the new regulations, including more clearly defining a “serious health condition” that is chronic in nature.

Plumb told the Journal Record that the changes do not amount to a complete fix of employers’ issues with FMLA, but if employers update their FMLA policies and use the new forms, they will be better off.

“It is certainly a glass-half-full,” he said. “There’s a lot to be gained by these new regulations.”