Pregnant woman at computer withthe midterm elections in the rearview mirror, it's likely thatwe'll see more changes to paid family leave policies at the stateand federal levels in the coming year. (Photo:Shutterstock)

HR managers in New York state faced new responsibilities — andchallenges — in 2018 with the implementation of legislation thatexpanded more generous paid family leave policies. With Massachusettsand Washington state being added to the fold in 2019, the threestates' experiences are a preview of more challenges expected thisyear as paid family leave grows in popularity, and states andemployers move to provide additional benefits for employees in anincreasingly competitive talent market.

While those three states' programs vary in the length of paidleave each offers, national employers like Microsoft are pushingpaid leaves to the forefront of employee benefits issues to tackle.Now, with the midterm elections in the rearview mirror, it'slikely that we'll see more changes to paid family leave policies atthe state and federal levels in the coming year.

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