Family Leave Gets Push In NY As Session Winds Down

Jun 9, 2014

Supporters are making a final push to pass paid family leave legislation in New York state as state lawmakers enter their final weeks of work.

Credit Vermont Workers' Center

The bill passed the state Assembly in March. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined advocates of the measure Monday to call on her colleagues to pass the bill before adjourning June 19th. 

It would extend up to 12 weeks of paid time off for employees caring for a new child or sick loved one. It would be funded through a paycheck deduction that would start at 45 cents per week. California, New Jersey and Rhode Island have paid family leave laws.

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