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Paid Family and Medical Leave

It can be challenging to keep up with changes in federal and state laws regarding family and medical leave. Principal® has options to help.

Understanding the types of leave

There are many reasons why employees need time away from work. It’s important to know what types of family and medical leave employees may be eligible for.

Paid family and medical leave (PFML) or paid family leave (PFL)

Select states have laws that require paid time off for employees working in those states, regardless of the employer's location.

If you have employees in one of these states, you may be required to provide eligible workers a portion of their pay when they’re unable to work due to non-work-related illness or injury, pregnancy, childbirth, care for a sick or injured family member, bond with a new child, or certain military-related events.

State disability insurance (SDI)

This state-mandated short-term disability insurance is required by select states. If you have employees working in these states, you may need to provide short-term disability insurance consistent with state requirements. It’s required to cover non-occupational disabilities and pregnancy.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

If you have 50+ employees, this Federal law may require you to offer this job-protected, unpaid leave. It allows time away from work for bonding with a new child, or for employees (or a family member) having a serious health condition.

The number of states offering paid family and medical leave continues to grow. That’s why it’s important to understand which states offer paid family and medical leave—and/or state disability insurance—and the highlights of each program.

Learn more about the leave options Principal provides by clicking on the state below.

Contact your local group benefits office for more information. 

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