DOL Publishes Spanish Version Of Its FMLA Poster; Employers Should Consider Their Obligation To Post

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spanish posterOver the past several months, a number of employers have asked me when the Department of Labor would be issuing the Spanish version of its new DOL poster (which accounts for the new regulations issued earlier this year).  The time has come - the poster is here. 

Under the FMLA, an FMLA-covered employer must post a copy of the General FMLA Notice in each location where it has any employees (even if there are no FMLA-eligible employees at that location). According to the FMLA rules, the notice must be posted "prominently where it can be readily seen by employees and applicants for employment."

Per the DOL, where an employer's workforce "is comprised of a significant portion of workers who are not literate in English, the employer shall provide the general notice in a language in which the employees are literate." 29 C.F.R. 825.300(a)(4)

The Spanish version can be found here (pdf).  

In a previous post, we provided additional guidance on why and where employers need to post this DOL poster.  

While I have you, note that the DOL also has a Spanish version of its FMLA Guide (pdf).  For the reasons I stated in another previous blog post, this guide is valuable to employers because it impresses upon employees the obligations they have under the FMLA to cooperate with their employer when they need FMLA leave and what will be expected of them during this process.