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FMLA Regulations Effective January 1, 2009

Reference Number: MTAS-511
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: May 22, 2017
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After a two-year period that involved nearly 20,000 comments, the DOL released a significant update to the Family and Medical Leave Act that took effect January 16, 2009.

The final update includes clarifications to the military benefit enhancements that were released in early 2008 (NDAA) and specifies how to administer the changes that came about as a result of the amendment.

In addition, the rule re-organized the traditional FMLA regulations and clarified the statute’s rights and obligations. The DOL also used this occasion to amend and create new forms that should be used for certification requirements regarding the use of FML and military family leave. The forms, including the new military FML forms, can be found here: