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Shining a Spotlight on Paid Leave and Workflex as FMLA Turns 25

Lisa Horn, 2/05/18

In the span of just two weeks, federal leave policy has gotten a lot of attention.

This week (Feb. 5) marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which guarantees employees time off to care for themselves and their families without fear of losing their job. Last week, in his State of the Union address, President Trump discussed a proposal to provide employees with paid parental leave.

We at SHRM appreciate the spotlight being shone on such an important issue for employers and employees alike, and HR professionals are shining a light on a modern approach to paid leave too—one that would help all employees manage their work-life needs.

Employers are focused on Workflex for All—that is, providing all employees a generous level of guaranteed paid leave they can use as they wish. That is a major reason why we have come together to support H.R 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.

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