The Department of Labor (DOL) supports various policies and programs directly related to worker leave-taking, as well as administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The Chief Evaluation Office’s (CEO) evaluations and rigorous research in this topic area help inform a diverse set of stakeholders seeking high-quality information about worker leave policies and practices, including employers administering leave benefits and American workers interested in their leave-taking rights and responsibilities.

Explore CEO's current studies, completed reports, and public use data on worker leave.


Public Use Data

2018 Employee and Worksite Perspectives of the Family and Medical Leave Act National Surveys
Public Use File Documentation Guide

2018 FMLA Employee Survey


SAS/STATA Programs

2018 FMLA Worksite Survey


SAS/STATA Programs

Family and Medical Leave Act Surveys (2012)

Find more research in DOL’s Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR).

Labor Research Scholars and Grants

DOL and CEO fund grants and awards to engage the academic community in efforts to build evidence for labor programs and policies that affect workers around the world. Read about current awards and final reports.


The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure studies adhere to the highest ethical standards, review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.