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New DOL Guidance Allows Telemedicine Visits for FMLA Leave

Dec. 29, 2020, 6:53 PM

The U.S. Labor Department has given employers added flexibility to remain in compliance with wage-and-hour laws during the pandemic-induced disruption to workplace norms, including for telemedicine.

DOL’s Wage and Hour Division published a pair of guidance memos Tuesday, one of which said employees’ telemedicine visits are an acceptable means of establishing they’re owed time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The second outlines conditions under which a business can substitute electronic notices for hard-copy postings when keeping workers informed of their workplace rights.

The guidance comes more than nine months after much of the workforce began working...

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