Inside Counsel published Leanne Mehrman's articles, "Focus on Paid Family Leave Intensifies in the U.S. as it Lags Behind Other Developed Nations," Part 1 and Part 2.
"In 2015 the United States saw an increased focus on paid family leave, beginning in January with President Obama's State of the Union address in which he discussed paid family leave. This focus continued throughout the year with Secretary of Labor Tom Perez's 'Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America' tour, the introduction of two bills in Congress seeking to create a paid family leave law, a Presidential Memorandum establishing paid family leave for federal employees, and an Executive Order requiring paid leave be provided by covered federal contractors and subcontractors.
Presidential candidates continued that focus as paid family leave was the one workplace issue to receive extended airtime in the first Democratic presidential debate. Lawmakers and administrative agencies have increased their focus on this issue primarily because the United States is the only industrialized nation without some form of mandatory paid family leave."
Part 1 outlines the current requirements for paid family leave in several jurisdictions. To read Part 1, click here. (subscription required)
Part 2 discusses the growing trend in the United States of requiring paid family leave be offered by certain employers and/or in certain geographic locations and what employers should do to be prepared for these changes. To read Part 2, click here. (subscription required)