Survey and opinionOn October 28, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) gave notice that it is seeking comments from employers and employees about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The notice is available here Federal Register.

The comments will be used to develop and administer two surveys in 2017 and 2018. According to the DOL, these survey results will be used as follows:

… to collect information about the need for and the experience with family and medical leave from employees’ and employers’ respective perspectives. This effort will build on previous information collection efforts, as the new surveys will update and expand on the evidence about FMLA use and leave.

In this regard, the employer survey will focus on employees’ use of leave and employers’ experience managing the FMLA. And the employee survey will address their use of and need for leave and their experiences with FMLA-eligible leave. Comments must be provided to the DOL by Dec. 27, either by email or mail:

Email:; Mail or Courier: Christina Yancey, Chief Evaluation Office, OASP, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–2312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.

For more information about the FMLA or other federal and Michigan employment law, contact attorney Jason Shinn.