The U.S Department of Labor (DOL) recently published optional forms in order for employers to provide required Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices to employees, and for employees to provide certification of their leave needs. These forms can be completed electronically, and have a simpler format than the previous forms.
For employers who use the new forms, an employee who previously submitted an FMLA complaint form cannot be required to resubmit it using the new form. Also, employers must accept any type of certification form, as long as it contains all the necessary information required to determine FMLA-qualifying reasons for leave.
Employers do have the option of using the previous DOL forms or their own forms instead of the updated versions, but the forms used must provide the same basic notice information and require the same basic certification information. In addition, employers using their own forms may only request information relating to the health condition for which the need for leave exists.
The updated forms are available here, along with general questions and answers on certification forms.