FMLA: 20 Years Later… What Do You Think?

Originally intended “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families,” the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law in 1993. With 2013 being the 20th Anniversary of the FMLA, the Department of Labor surveyed employers and employees nationwide. They concluded “that the FMLA continues to make a positive impact on the lives of workers without imposing an undue burden upon employers. The FMLA is working.”

Please take a few moments to contribute your valuable insight by completing BASIC’s FMLA Survey.

What are some of the DOL’s findings?

  • 91% of employers report that complying with the FMLA has had either a positive effect or no noticeable effect on employee absenteeism, turnover and morale.
  • 85% of employers report that complying with the FMLA is very easy, somewhat easy, or has no noticeable effect.
  • Nearly 60% of employees meet all criteria for coverage and eligibility under the FMLA.
  • Fewer than 2% of covered worksites reported confirmed misuse of FMLA and fewer that 3% of covered worksites reported suspicion of FMLA misuse.