More U.S. states, however, including New York, are mandating paid family leave. Variations in federal, state, and company leave policies can create confusion for both employees and their employers. In a recent survey of caregivers by Unum (NYSE: UNM), a leading provider of leave management services and employee benefits in the U.S., around 85% of respondents said they would welcome mobile technology to help them manage their leave.
Earlier this year, Unum introduced a leave management solution to new and existing customers to help better manage their leave programs. The LeaveLogic platform allows employees to create a leave plan which consolidates all leave benefits and lists the tasks needed to ensure proper leave planning and a successful return to work. It also educates the HR manager by delivering training on supporting the employee through their leave event.
For its own employees, Unum also introduced new paid parental leave benefits for both mothers and fathers in the U.S. this year. The benefit provides six weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, or a child placed through adoption or foster care, at any time during the 12 months following birth, adoption or fostering.