Small business owners ranked the Family Medical Leave Act and worker's compensation as the two hardest workplace regulations to comply with, a recent survey found.

Out of 429 small business owners, 38 percent said worker's compensation was the toughest to comply with, followed by 26 percent who cited the Family Medical Leave Act, according to the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations.

Nearly two-third said they also believed federal regulations were increasing in their state, while 31 percent said they typically spent 20 percent of their time dealing with regulatory compliance issues, the survey found.

Despite their frustration, most respondents acknowledged the importance of federal workplace regulations, with 47 percent ranking worker's compensation as the most beneficial measure for their employees. About a third said the Immigration Reform and Control Act was the least beneficial.

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