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Dust off your benefits policies: More mandates may be on the way

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The federal government has slowly been introducing laws that force employers across the country to provide employee benefits. The following federal laws already force many employers to provide some benefits:

The FMLA requires organizations with 50 or more employees to grant eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualifying events such as pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, family illness or personal illness.

Recent amendments to the FMLA also force employers to provide leave time for families with members serving in the military. Employees can take up to 26 weeks of leave to care for a family member injured during active-duty military service. Employees may also use 12 weeks of FMLA leave when a family member is called to active service. FMLA leave is unpaid, but employers have to continue to pick up the tab for insurance during that unpaid leave if they are already paying for those benefits.

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