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New FMLA Rules Will Improve Vital Law

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For Immediate Release


New FMLA Rules WILL Improve Vital Law

SHRM Supports Changes to Assist

Military Families and Clarify Regulations

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 14, 2008

Note to Editors: Following is a statement by China Miner Gorman, Chief Operating Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, on changes to the FMLA regulations by the Department of Labor. 

“SHRM expects that changes by the Department of Labor to the Family and Medical Leave Act will provide much needed clarity to the rules, allowing for smoother implementation in the workplace. HR professionals welcome these new rules, especially the added support for our nation’s military families, because they will restore the balance intended by Congress between employers’ needs for employees, and employees’ need for time to attend to important family and medical issues.”

“This landmark piece of legislation has presented challenges in the workplace due to vague and confusing regulations which have allowed for misuse of leave, unfairly burdening colleagues forced to cover the unpredictable absences of their co-workers. While additional improvements are still needed, this rule strikes the right balance, preserving the Act’s critical benefits for employees and providing HR professionals and the organizations they support with greater clarity as they implement this law.

“The Society for Human Resource Management, as Chair of the National Coalition to Protect Family Leave (NCPFL), is committed to continue working with public policy decision makers to improve this critical law for employers, employees and their families.”


About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 individual members, the Society’s mission is both to serve human resource management professionals and to advance the profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and members in more than 130 countries, including offices in China and India. Visit SHRM online at

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