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Family of cutout people. s more states join the PFML fold, employers with employees located in more than one state (including remote workers) may be required to update their plans more frequently than normal. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Life happens. Whether it’s becoming a new parent, a caregiver for an ailing family member or other similar event, having the flexibility to take extended time off from work is an important benefit for which millions of U.S. workers do not qualify for paid time off. While the Family Leave Medical Act of 1993 provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off, the stress between upholding family obligations and losing income is taking a toll on employees’ health and financial wellness as well as their employers in the form of lower morale.

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