Father with newborn Current paid leave offerings suggest that many employers are in favor of providing paid leave to help address employees’ needs when they experience certain life changes — especially the birth of a new baby. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Well before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a growing tide of interest and legislative actions to create paid family and medical leave requirements for employers across the United States. The spread of COVID-19 has increased workers’ concerns about their own health and that of family members, as well as their ability to care for their children when faced with day care closures and the implementation of remote and hybrid learning programs. Employers struggle with the desire to provide paid leave options to their employees and the challenges of affording them.

Related: Employer perspectives on a changing paid leave landscape

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