Companies' willingness to offer employees a leave of absence varies dramatically with company size. A 1992 Gallup survey of 634 businesses shows that companies with 20 or fewer employees rarely provide employees leave or unpaid parental leave. In contrast, 42% of companies with 21 to 500 employees let workers take time away from the job.* * *
Percentage that offer . . .
Company size Employee leave Unpaid parental leave
0 - 20 employees 9% 6%
21 - 100 employees 25 26
101 - 500 employees 42 42* * *
Source: "Small and Middle Market Businesses: Attitudes, Issues and Outlook," Gallup Organization, Princeton, N.J., cosponsored by Arthur Andersen's Enterprise Group, Chicago, and National Small Business United, Washington, D.C., July 1992.* * *