Accession Number:

ADA590349

Title:

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Policy Issues

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-09-04

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

The Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA requires covered employers to allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave during any 12-month period to care for a newborn, adopted, or foster child to care for a family member with a serious health condition or because of the employee s own serious health condition. The act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave because of qualifying exigencies when a family member who is in the Armed Forces or National Guard is deployed overseas. An employee may also take up to 26 weeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a servicemember who was seriously injured while on active duty. To assist Congress in evaluating proposals to expand or limit the availability of FMLA leave, this report uses data from two household surveys. The Annual Social and Economic ASEC supplement to the monthly Current Population Survey CPS is used to estimate the number of employees who may or may not be eligible for FMLA leave. Data from a 2012 survey conducted for the U.S. Department of Labor DOL are used to compare the use of leave for FMLA-related reasons by employees who may or may not be eligible for leave.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE