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The Effects of Government-Mandated Family Leave on Employer Family Leave Policies

14 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2008  

Charles L. Baum

Middle Tennessee State University - Department of Economics and Finance

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave. However, studies find either small or insignificant effects of the legislation on employment, work, leave-taking, and wages. Perhaps employees are unable to use the leave because it is unpaid or they do not need family leave because they already may take off work via vacation, sick leave, and disability leave policies. If so, then family leave legislation may have increased employer-provided family leave without corresponding effects on employment-related outcomes. This article examines family leave legislation's effects on employers' family leave policies, finding positive effects.

JEL Classification: J1, J2, J3

Suggested Citation

Baum, Charles L., The Effects of Government-Mandated Family Leave on Employer Family Leave Policies (July 2006). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 432-445, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1095581 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cep/byj025

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