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Statutory Paid Leaves

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Statutory Paid Leaves Overview

Prudential recognizes there is growing interest in the various state disability and paid family paid leave laws, including among employers who may have obligations to provide certain benefits under these laws to eligible employees. Our hope with these summaries is to provide general information on these laws that we hope will be informative. Nothing here is intended to provide legal guidance or substitute for checking with your own counsel or benefit advisors for specific information or advice regarding how these laws may pertain to you.

To see the most recent updates on regulatory changes and trends, visit our Legislative Monitor Blog.

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What are Statutory Paid Leave Programs?

Statutory Paid Leave Programs refer to partially or fully compensated time away from work for specific and generally significant family caregiving, such as the arrival of a new child or serious illness of a close family member.  These programs also typically include disability or medical leave benefits for employees who cannot work due to their own medical condition.

Although the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) provides eligible workers with a federal entitlement to unpaid leave for a limited set of family caregiving and medical needs, no federal law requires private-sector employers to provide paid leave of any kind.

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State Specific Information

Some (not all) states also allow employers to implement a voluntary/private plan option that can be administered by the employer, insurance carriers or third-party administrators (TPAs) to meet their compliance obligations.  Depending on the state, a voluntary or private plan allows employers to provide the coverage either through a self-insured plan funded by the employer or by providing the coverage through an insurance contract with a licensed insurance carrier.  For states that allow a private plan option, Prudential can partner with employers to develop those private plans and ensure their company is compliant.

See our Statutory Paid Leave and Disability flyer PDF opens in new window for an at-a-glance view of all State Paid Leave and Disability Programs in effect.

Each state can vary greatly with respect to paid family and medical leave laws. Click on state below to learn more.

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Content is derived from federal and/or state legislation or regulations. This state paid leaves website is provided for informational purposes only. This state paid leaves website is not intended to provide legal advice or substitute for the compliance obligations of clients, brokers, or other non-Prudential employees. Prudential makes no representations about the accuracy or completeness of the summaries provided. Publication of the state paid leaves website is a complimentary activity of Prudential, and Prudential reserves all rights concerning content, frequency, and distribution, as well as the right  to cease publication at its discretion.

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