paid family leave

Avery Schneider, WBFO

New York State's Paid Family Leave law takes effect this month. It will give individuals partial compensation for up to eight weeks as they take time away from work for urgent family needs. Supporters of the employee-funded program say they'll provide outreach to help people understand how it works and how they may utilize it.


National Public Radio

Under a new state policy taking effect January 1, workers across New York will be eligible for Paid Family Leave. 


The state’s leading business group is warning that Governor Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal will be costly for employers and difficult for them to manage.


Cuomo pushes paid family leave during Buffalo visit

Feb 17, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

This year's legislative agenda will be about "a fight for fairness for New York's working families." So said Governor Andrew Cuomo while pitching for paid family leave during a visit to Buffalo on Wednesday.

Karen DeWitt

The State Assembly approved a one-house bill to establish partial paid family leave in New York, as Governor Cuomo signaled he will amend his proposal to provide more money to those who take the leave.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County's top fiscal watchdog says the family leave policy for county employees is outdated and should be changed to allow parents precious paid time to bond with newborns or newly adopted children. But he also any changes to come with no additional burden to taxpayers.


Advocates for paid family leave in New York say they hope 2016 is the year that the state finally provides a program to allow workers to take time off to care for a child, or a sick elderly relative.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

State Senator Marc Panepinto, a Buffalo Democrat, urged his Republican colleagues to get behind a proposal that would fund paid family leave in New York State through a modest payroll deduction of less than a dollar per week.


Supporters of paid family leave in New York say they hope 2016 will be their year, but business groups are urging caution.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Faith leaders from both the Christian and Jewish communities of Western New York have teamed up with labor advocates in the fight for paid family leave.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Every worker in the country would be able to get paid medical or family leave under a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to establish an insurance system.