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Our Research: Family Medical Leave


Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave

: Small Business Majority
Published: September 27, 2013


Small business owners have been working tirelessly to pull the economy back from the brink of the Great Recession. The long hours and commitment they put into their businesses is rivaled only by their employees, whose hard work is crucial to the success of the business. That’s why small business owners feel it makes good business sense to take care of their employees, as it’s crucial they retain a loyal, talented workforce. It’s not surprising then that scientific opinion polling found small business owners nationwide support the creation of publicly administered family medical leave insurance pools.

These programs provide employees with a portion of their wages for a limited number of weeks when the employee has a serious illness, has a new baby to care for or needs to take care of a seriously ill family member. A plurality of small businesses support a proposal to set up publicly administered family and medical leave insurance pools where the insurance premiums are paid with payroll contributions shared by employees and employers— each contributing just one-fifth of 1% of an employee’s wages. More small employers (45%) support this type of policy than oppose it (41%).

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Downloads: Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave
Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave
Press release: Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave


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