In recent years, state and local laws requiring paid sick, family, caregiver, or other forms of leave have proliferated. Currently, 10 states, the District of Columbia, and approximately 19 municipalities require employers to provide paid sick leave; 5 states and the District of Columbia require paid family leave. We expect that more states and municipalities will adopt similar leave requirements.
Large employers often provide leave benefits that match or exceed those required by law. However, state and local leave laws are disproportionately burdensome for employers because they require compliance with unique accrual, reporting, notice, and recordkeeping rules. It is therefore impossible for large employers to maintain and administer nationwide, uniform leave benefits.
Federal, state, and municipal lawmakers should minimize the administrative and cost burden of leave requirements by:
The lack of uniformity within employer-sponsored leave benefits creates unfair disparities within workforces, diminishes the employee experience, and requires costly IT and administrative modifications.