Paper with paid family medical leave written on it Despite a great deal of talk by politicians over the past two presidential administrations, the U.S. remains the only industrialized nation without a national FMLA policy.

A new study finds that American businesses continue to strengthen and expand their leave policies due to the needs of employees and inaction by the federal government.

The report by the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) and Spring Consulting Group is the eleventh annual report on employer leave management practices. The authors of the report noted that it was released during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought even more attention to medical leave issues and higher levels of employee demand for more responsive policies.

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