Last month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law mandating paid family and medical leave, putting Massachusetts in line to offer its citizens the most generous family leave benefits in the country in 2021.

Three other states upgraded their existing family leave policies earlier this year—New Jersey, NY, and California—and Washington State and the District of Columbia are expected to implement Paid Family Leave in 2020. And by our count at least 12 more states have a proposed PFL provision somewhere in the legislative process.

So, what does this mean for you, HR pro?

Obviously, this is a trend that’s not slowing down any time soon. So make sure you’re thinking about how you’ll handle new laws when they roll out. Consider adjusting your overall company policies so employees in every state receive the same leave benefits. And if you don’t want to miss any breaking news, set up a Google Alert to see if anything’s brewing in your neck of the woods.

Want Help Keeping Your Blood Pressure In Check When These Huge Changes Happen?

ALEX can help! ALEX Leave of Absence walks your employees through the entire leave process–from gathering the many reams of paperwork, to going back to work, and everything in between. We constantly update ALEX to reflect law changes in all 50 states (plus D.C.), so your employees will always get the most accurate guidance possible.


*Our last count includes Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, Colorado, Vermont, and Virginia–but things are changing all the time!