FMLA statisticsThough it has only been around for little more than two decades, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has made a very serious impact in the way employers view and administer absence management. The guidelines in which most employers have to operate within under the FMLA can be challenging, at times, as is compliance documentation, but all in all, employers do recognize that the law is an important one that does have a positive impact on the workforce.

So how much impact has the FMLA had over the years? Here are some helpful FMLA statistics and facts that we have been able to uncover during the course of our consulting work. We will try to update this post fairly regularly. All stats and facts are linked to their original source, where appropriate and source dates are included.

FMLA Statistics

Date FMLA was signed into law:

February 5, 1993


Number of times the FMLA has been used since enactment:

More than 100 million times

Last checked 5/20/16


Percentage of US private sector employees that have access to paid family leave:

12%

Last checked 5/20/16


Average percentage of the US workforce that is on FMLA leave at any point in time:

10.7%

Last checked 5/20/16


Average duration of an FMLA leave:

14.2 days

Last checked 5/20/16


Top reason for FMLA leaves:

Employee’s own health conditions

Last checked 5/20/16


Top medical condition employees take FMLA leave for:

Surgery

Last checked 5/20/16


Percentage of total FMLA leaves in the US that are due to pregnancy:

17%

Last checked 5/20/16


Top FMLA enforcement complaint to the US Department of Labor in 2015:

Termination


Number of FMLA enforcement complaints in 2015:

1,419


Percentage of employers that report complying with the FMLA has had a positive or no noticeable effect on employee absenteeism, turnover and morale:

91%

Source date: 2013