Q:  Did the FMLA expand the “qualifying event” to include grandparents and others who assume a parental role in June 2010?  If so, why wasn’t our poster updated under the 1-Year Plan?

A: Yes, the definition of “parent” under the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was changed in June.  However, the expanded definition did not cause the FMLA poster to change since it is an interpretation of the existing law and not a change in the law, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

However, it is anticipated that the federal FMLA poster will change in 2011 to reflect new amendments to the military family leave law which went into effect the beginning of this year.  We will update our federal labor law poster as soon as this change occurs.

If you have other state or federal labor law poster questions, go to Poster Compliance Center or call 1-800-322-3636.