Unions and Family Leave: Early Experience Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

31 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2000

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John W. Budd

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Angela M. Brey

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Date Written: September 2000

Abstract

Using a survey of over 2,000 employees, we analyze the extent to which labor unions have facilitated the implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Unions do not appear to have a significant effect on actual leave taking, but unionized individuals have better information about the FMLA, are less likely to end a leave because they could not afford a longer one, and are less likely to worry about job loss because of taking a leave. The results also indicate that minority workers could benefit from additional representation and that the FMLA is not unnecessary.

JEL Classification: J51, J18

Suggested Citation

Budd, John W. and Brey, Angela M., Unions and Family Leave: Early Experience Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (September 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=243609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.243609

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Angela M. Brey

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

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Industrial Relations Center
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United States

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