Responding to the realities of remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor has issued two new guidances that permit employers greater flexibility in using electronic communications to meet posting and FMLA requirements.
In FIELD ASSISTANCE BULLETIN No. 2020-7, DOL permits employers to meet its various posting obligations (FLSA, DB, etc.) by publishing notices on an intranet, via the internet, or by email (or other forms of electronic communications), if employees have routine access to such materials.
In FIELD ASSISTANCE BULLETIN No. 2020-8, DOL sets out the criteria and procedures for using telemedicine as the equivalent of a doctor’s visit for FMLA purposes.