On October 20, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor forwarded revised FMLA regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for approval. If approved, the regulations could be issued in the next few weeks. The White House previously issued a memorandum to all federal agencies setting November 1, 2008, as the deadline for the issuance of any new final regulations. The White House memo did, however, reserve the right to allow exceptions.
The scope of the DOL regulations forwarded to OMB is unclear. The DOL was preparing final regulations to implement the military family leave amendments to the FMLA. DOL also proposed changes to the existing FMLA regulations in light of case law and statutory developments since the enactment of the original regulations some 15 years ago.
The OPM is also supposed to be working on new OPM FMLA regulations to address the military family leave amendments to the FMLA. No word on whether OPM has similarly forwarded revised FMLA regulations to OMB for approval. Unlike DOL, OPM has not announced that they were working on updating the existing FMLA regulations.
Thanks to the BLR for the tip. http://hr.blr.com/news.aspx?id=79032