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.
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.
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.
Erie County's top fiscal watchdog says the family leave policy for county employees is outdated and should be changed to allow parents precious paid time to bond with newborns or newly adopted children.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.
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.