Managers and business owners are speaking out about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), signed by President Clinton in 1993.
Many employers believe that FMLA policies encourage long-term employee loyalty and longevity, according to a report by the congressionally-appointed Commission on Leave. Also, 86 percent of work sites surveyed believe that FMLA has no noticeable effect on productivity, and 92 percent reported it has no impact on profitability.
The FMLA mandates 12 weeks of leave for employees at companies employing 50 or more people. However, companies report that few workers have taken advantage of their full leave periods. Workers report that they can not afford to lose their pay for 12 full weeks.
The report advised taking several measures to ensure success of company leave policies. It is important that everyone know and understand the policy. Employees should be included in planning how to cover their duties. Employers and employees should look for “win-win” solutions that will benefit both parties.