Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division: The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
GAO-09-215R: Dec 2, 2008
GAO reviewed the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division's (WHD) new rule on The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). GAO found that (1) the rule amends the regulations implementing FMLA, the law that provides eligible employees who work for covered employers the right to take job-protected, unpaid leave for absences for the following circumstances: the birth of the employee's son or daughter; to care for the newborn child; placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care; care for a son, daughter, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or the employee's own serious health condition. The rule also addresses additional job-protected leave rights to eligible employees of covered employers who provide care for covered service members with a serious injury or illness and because of qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that a covered military member is on active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty in support of a contingency operation; and (2) WHD complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.