In general, over years that FMLA was introduced to Congress eight times without becoming law, the public was supportive of the bill.
When offered arguments for and against the FMLA, the public found pro-Act arguments more compelling.
This cookie stores just a session ID; no other information is captured.Accepting the NEJM cookie is necessary to use the website.This Labor Day, America’s labor movement will point to many proud achievements: overtime pay, workplace safety regulations, and more than two decades of family and medical leave. still provides fewer leave benefits than other industrialized nations. Thirteen years before the passage of FMLA, a 1980 General Mills/Louis Harris & Associates poll described the basic provisions in the Act.Polls have found the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), which ensured that most American workers could take unpaid leave for personal illness or to care for a sick family member, to have deep and longstanding support from the public. In this poll, 44% of adult family members said it would help their family a great deal if they or their spouse could take a personal leave of absence and return at the same pay and seniority. In 1985, FMLA was introduced in the House for the first time.An April 1987 ORC poll found that the proposed act was hardly making a splash: 59% had heard nothing about it at all, 29% just a little.But when in May a Service Employees International Union poll asked about unpaid leave to care for a new baby or sick family member with guaranteed job security, 77% thought it was a good idea; only 15% thought it was a bad one.