Leave of absence request form Anyone who manages employees should be trained on FMLA and ADA laws, which other state and local laws apply, and what protocol to follow if an employee requests leave or accommodations. (Image: iStock)

Family and medical leave policies are in flux as new state and local laws are enacted and employers are starting to offer both paid and unpaid options to their employees. Managing employee leave that complies with federal, state and local laws is becoming untenable for HR professionals. As managing leave becomes increasingly more difficult, HR managers are left with few resources to support them.

Twelve states have expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to add more time off or more classes of people covered. Washington, D.C., California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington have laws covering paid family leave. The city of San Francisco enacted an ordinance forcing employers to provide supplemental compensation in addition to what is mandated under California law so that the employees receive up to 100 percent of their normal weekly wages during six weeks of parental leave.,

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