[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 73 (Monday, April 16, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 22519-22520]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-9084]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Wage and Hour Division

29 CFR Part 825

RIN 1215-AB76 and RIN 1235-AA03


The Family and Medical Leave Act

AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document extends the period for filing written comments 
until April 30, 2012 on the proposed revisions to certain regulations 
of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). On February 15, 
2012, the Department published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to 
revise certain regulations the FMLA, primarily to implement recent 
statutory amendments to the Act. The comment period is scheduled to 
close on April 16, 2012. The Department of Labor (Department) is taking 
this action in order to provide interested parties additional time to 
submit comments.

DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before April 30, 2012. 
The period for public comments, which was to close on April 16, 2012, 
will be extended to April 30, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Regulatory 
Information Number (RIN) 1235-AA03, by electronic submission through 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
instructions for submitting comments. You may also submit comments by 
mail. Address written submissions to Mary Ziegler, Director of the 
Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour 
Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3510, 200 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.
    Instructions: Please submit only one copy of your comments by only 
one method. All submissions must include the agency name and RIN, 
identified above, for this rulemaking. Please be advised that comments 
received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, 
including any personal information provided, and should not include any 
individual's personal medical information. Mailed written submissions 
commenting on these provisions must be received by the date indicated 
for consideration in this rulemaking. For questions concerning the 
application of the FMLA provisions, individuals may contact the Wage 
and Hour Division (WHD) local district offices. Locate the nearest 
office by calling the WHD's toll-free help line at (866) 4US-WAGE 
((866) 487-9243) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in your local time zone, or 
log onto the WHD's Web site for a nationwide listing of WHD district 
and area offices at http://www.dol.gov/whd/america2.htm. For additional 
information on submitting comments and the rulemaking process, see the 
``Public Participation'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this document.

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    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Ziegler, Director, Division of 
Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, 
U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3510, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-0406 (this is not a toll 
free number). Copies of this notice of proposed rulemaking may be 
obtained in alternative formats (Large Print, Braille, Audio Tape, or 
Disc), upon request, by calling (202) 693-0675. TTY/TDD callers may 
dial toll-free (877) 889-5627 to obtain information or request 
materials in alternative formats.
    Questions of interpretation and/or enforcement of regulations 
issued by this agency or referenced in this document may be directed to 
the nearest Wage and Hour Division District Office. Locate the nearest 
office by calling the Wage and Hour Division's toll-free help line at 
(866) 4US-WAGE ((866) 487-9243) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in your local 
time zone, or log onto the Wage and Hour Division's Web site for a 
nationwide listing of Wage and Hour District and Area Offices at: 
http://www.dol.gov/whd/america2.htm.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Electronic Access and Filing Comments

    Public Participation: This notice of proposed rulemaking is 
available through the Federal Register and the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. You may also access this document via the 
Department's Web site at http://www.dol.gov/whd/. To comment 
electronically on federal rulemakings, go to the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, which will allow you to find, 
review, and submit comments on federal documents that are open for 
comment and published in the Federal Register. Please identify all 
comments submitted in electronic form by the RIN docket number (1235-
AA03). Because of delays in receiving mail in the Washington, DC area, 
commenters should transmit their comments electronically via the 
Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, or submit 
them by mail early to ensure timely receipt prior to the close of the 
comment period. Submit one copy of your comments by only one method.

II. Request for Comment

    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes revisions to the 
Family and Medical Act (FMLA) regulations to implement amendments to 
the military leave provisions of the FMLA made by the National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, which extends the availability 
of FMLA leave to family members of members of the Regular Armed Forces 
for qualifying exigencies arising out of the servicmember's deployment; 
defines those deployments covered under these provisions; and extends 
FMLA military caregiver leave to family members of certain veterans 
with serious injuries or illnesses. The NPRM also proposes to amend the 
regulations to implement the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections 
Act, which established new FMLA leave eligibility requirements for 
airline flight crewmembers and flight attendants. In addition, the 
proposal includes changes concerning the calculation of leave; 
reorganization of certain sections to enhance clarity; the removal of 
the forms from the regulations; and technical corrections of 
inadvertent drafting errors in the current regulations. The NPRM, 
complete with background information, economic impact analyses and 
proposed regulatory text, was published in the Federal Register on 
February 15, 2012 (77 FR 8960) requesting public comments on the 
proposed revisions to the regulations. Interested parties were 
requested to submit comments on or before April 16, 2012.
    The Department has received requests to extend the period for 
filing public comments from various organizations. Because of the 
interest that has been expressed in this matter, the Department has 
decided to provide an additional extension of the period for submitting 
public comment until April 30, 2012.

    Dated: April 11, 2012.
Nancy J. Leppink,
Deputy Administrator, Wage and Hour Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-9084 Filed 4-13-12; 8:45 am]
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