Engaging Today’s Workforce: Coordinating Paid FML

DMEC Staff@Work

Best Practices for Coordinating Paid Family & Medical Leave

Coordinating Paid FMLBy Phil Bruen, VP

Life & Disability, Group Benefits

Paid family and medical leave (PFML) continues to evolve across states with new developments requiring an industry response. Since New York State mandated Paid Family Leave (PFL) in January 2018, PFML has gained national prominence. California began this trend with its PFL program nearly 15 years ago. Today, seven states and jurisdictions (California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia) have passed laws to mandate PFML, and Maine provides additional unpaid family leave rights. In the last two years, 28 more states have proposed PFML legislation, and we have seen five federal proposals.

All employers — and particularly large, national employers — are challenged to comply with new state PFML laws. In addition to common insurance plan variables, employers should focus on three key elements when responding to continuing PFML program changes across the country. 

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