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Workplace Flexibility versus Unpaid Leave

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Publication Date: June 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Daniel Wityk; Michelle Heinen; Terry Neese

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)
Labor (Labor policy)

Keywords: small business administration; department of labor; medical leave; employment flexibility

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires employers to allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually for a serious illness, to care for an immediate family member, or following an adoption or birth. The FMLA now applies to companies that employ 50 or more workers, but during the campaign President Obama supported expanding it to cover businesses with as few as 25 employees.