CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new analysis of Family and Medical Leave Act data from FMLASource®, a ComPsych® Corporation program, revealed that more than 10 percent of the U.S. workforce is on FMLA leave at any given time. FMLA provides employees with an unpaid leave of absence of up to 12 weeks per year for the birth or adoption of a child, for an employee’s own serious medical condition or for the care of a family member with a serious medical condition. The complexities of FMLA and its frequently changing requirements can pose administrative challenges for employers as well as increased costs and liability risk.
Other trends reported by FMLASource:
- The average time off on FMLA was 113.8 work hours, or 14.2 days.
- The top three reasons for leave for an employee’s health condition are (1) surgery, (2) pregnancy and (3) bonding with a new child.
- The top three reasons for denial of leave are (1) documentation not received in allotted time, (2) requested dates not certified and (3) documentation not received at all.
Click here to see the full infographic, FMLA by the Numbers.
“While some industries such as health care and call centers have as much as 30 percent of workers on FMLA leave, we still have seen the average number of absences rise across all sectors of the U.S. workforce,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “Employers continue to deal with the complexities of the act and the documentation involved. In the last year alone, there were more than 160 changes to state and federal FMLA regulations, and outsourcing the administration of FMLA has become increasingly attractive to employers as a result.”
ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 29,000 organizations covering more than 78 million individuals throughout the U.S. and over 130 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.compsych.com and follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ComPsych.