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Family and Medical Leave Act Advisor

Employer General Notice - Requirements

Every employer covered by the FMLA is required to post and keep posted on its premises a notice explaining the FMLA's requirements and how to file complaints of violations of the FMLA with the Wage and Hour Division.

  • The notice, or poster, must be posted prominently where it can be readily seen by employees and applicants for employment.
    • Covered employers must post this general notice even if no employees are eligible for FMLA leave.
    • The poster and its text must be large enough to be easily read and contain fully legible text.
    • Electronic posting is permitted as long as it otherwise meets all the posting requirements.
  • An employer who willfully violates the posting requirement may be subject to a civil money penalty by the Wage and Hour Division.
    For current penalty amounts, see

Every covered employer with any eligible employees must also provide this general notice to each employee. This may be done by including it in an employee handbook distributed to all employees (or other written guidance to employees concerning employee benefits or leave rights) or by distributing a copy of the general notice to each new employee upon hire (distribution may be electronic).

If a significant portion of workers in an employer's workforce are not literate in English, the employer must provide the general notice in a language in which the employees are literate. Employers furnishing FMLA notices to sensory impaired individuals must also comply with all applicable requirements under Federal and state law.

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For more information on this aspect of the FMLA, see the FMLA regulations: ยง 825.300(a)