How New Trauma-Leave Laws Will Help Employees Handle ‘Logistics and Emotions of Loss’

With new laws in Illinois and Minnesota leading the way to more supportive bereavement policies, WorkLife interviewed HR expert and NLI's Distinguished Faculty, Christy Pruitt-Haynes, for her thoughts on the trend.

Showing up at work while dealing with a family bereavement or other traumatic life event at the same time, can be a soul-crushing experience. Now, more laws are beginning to acknowledge that and ensure employers enforce better paid-leave policies to support employees. At least in some states.

Illinois and Minnesota are leading the charge, having rolled out clear rules for the exact amount of time employees can take off and whether they’ll be paid or not when dealing with a death in the family, and a range of other, often traumatic, life events. New laws went into effect Jan. 1 in those states.

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