Eight in ten employers (82%) report that COVID-19 has raised senior leadership awareness of the importance of leave management, our propriety research shows.

The benefits landscape is rapidly evolving, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only sent that evolution into overdrive. Help your clients stay ahead of these changes by understanding the top five ways employers are adapting to a changing environment(PDF).

The impact of COVID-19 on managing leave

COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on leave policy changes as employers look at ways to better help their employees take leave when they need it.

Accelerating state paid leave laws

In addition, more states are adopting paid leave laws that go well beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in terms of supplementing income and who is covered, creating more leave complexities – especially for employers with workers in multiple states.

Outsourcing drives better outcomes

Outsourcing absence management helps employers address common challenges, such as coordinating leave types, ensuring leave law compliance, and alleviating the administrative burden on HR staffs.

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Unless otherwise noted, the source of all information is the 2021 Guardian Absence Management Activity Index & Study.

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