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Assessing FMLA: Results from 2018 Surveys

Scott Brown, Jane Herr, Radha Roy, Jacob Alex Klerman


September 15, 2020

The fourth survey of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) found:

  • 56 percent of U.S. employees are eligible for FMLA.
  • More than three-quarters of U.S. employees have heard of FMLA, but many have gaps in their understanding of its policies.
  • 15 percent of U.S. employees report taking leave in the past 12 months.
  • Low-wage employees report needing but not taking leave more often than other employees.
  • Most employees return from leave to their same employer and job.
  • More than 95 percent of worksites report positive or neutral perceptions of FMLA’s effects.


Full Report from 2018 Surveys

Executive Summary