While the percentage of employers who say it's difficult to comply with theAct ( ) has increased in the past five years, few companies say the law is hurting their productivity, according to a new Labor Department survey.
More than 80 percent of covered employers (those with 50 or more workers) say the law has either had a positive impact or no impact on business productivity, profitability and growth.
The biggest FMLA headache? Dealing with, cited as a problem by nearly 40 percent of employers surveyed. The law guarantees certain workers 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave and can be taken in bites as little as one hour.
Money is the biggest reason workers don't take unpaid leave. Among workers who said they needed time off but didn't take it, 88 percent said they would have if they could have received some pay or more than they did.
Balancing the Needs of Families and Employers is online at www.dol.gov/dol/asp/public/fmla/main.htm.
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