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Sick leave has been an industry hot-button topic, and even in his most recent State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for a paid leave law to sign. Any federal paid leave law would likely be modeled after one of the paid leave laws passed by state or local governments. Geoff Simpson of Presagia, Teri Weber of Spring Consulting Group, and Michael Soltis of Jackson Lewis provide some details on the proliferation of state and local paid leave laws and suggested strategies for employers to effectively deal with them. “Varied paid leave laws are a challenge for employers,” said Terri L. Rhodes, Executive Director of DMEC. “But they are also an opportunity to rethink our programs and break down departmental barriers to effective absence and disability management.”

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