On the 20th anniversary of the act's signing date, the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday released a trio of new surveys on the effect and effectiveness of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

In introducing the reports, the DOL's website noted:

The nation now has two decades of experience with the Family and Medical Leave Act. That experience — including both employer workplace practices and employee leave taking patterns — was described by earlier surveys of worksites and employees conducted by the Department of Labor in 1995 and in 2000. In 2012, Abt Associates conducted a third pair of surveys for the Department of Labor.