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March 31, 2009
FMLA Is #1 Employment Law Headache
Far and away, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) causes bigger headaches for human resource professionals than any other federal employment-related law, according to a recent poll on and

When asked “Which federal employment-related law gives you the biggest headache?,” nearly half of respondents—49%--said it was FMLA.

A distant second--identified by 13% as their biggest employment law headache—was COBRA, followed closely by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at 12%. The rest of the laws were cited by respondents as follows: HIPAA, 8%; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 8%; the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), 5%; and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 5%.

Late last year, the Department of Labor issued new FMLA regulations, which made several changes to FMLA that have given employers headaches over the years. The DOL designed the regs, in part, to improve communication between employers and employees. A few months have now passed since the regs took effect (on January 16, 2009)—but it appears that many HR professionals still find the law difficult to navigate, despite the recent changes.

The poll included 441 respondents.

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