The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued new FMLA medical certification and notice forms on September 4, 2018.  The forms are available here.  The new forms are substantively identical to the agency’s previous (now expired) forms, but they include the new expiration date—August 31, 2021—in the upper right hand corner. 

Employers generally assume, correctly, that an employee who fails to report for duty at the end of an FMLA leave with a specified end date can be terminated.  But it is important not to send out that termination letter too quickly, because employees sometimes need more leave than originally anticipated.  Federal regulations require employees to