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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is the only federal law governing leave in the workplace. Beyond the FMLA, many employers voluntarily offer generous paid-leave programs to help employees fulfill their work and personal responsibilities, offering flexibility to both employees and employers. Additionally, to better support the work/life needs of today's diverse workforce, a growing number of employers offer flexible work arrangements such as compressed workweeks, telecommuting and flexible schedules.
U.S. employers are burdened by a patchwork of state and local paid leave laws that create a fragmented compliance system for them to navigate. At the same time, employers are struggling to balance the needs of their businesses as they offer competitive paid leave programs and flexible work arrangements necessary to attract and retain employees.
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