House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi throws her support behind Governor Cuomo's 12-week, employee-funded paid leave proposal, calling for passage this year.
Several leading NY women's advocacy groups joined the "Strong Families, Strong New York" campaign to fight for passage of paid family leave.
Paving the Way on Paid Family Leave
Paid leave will be funded entirely through a nominal payroll deduction on employees, so it costs businesses – both big and small – nothing. Employees are eligible for the program after having worked six months for their employer.
Bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill family member should not cost employees their entire savings or their job.
Benefits will be phased-in beginning in 2018 at 50% of an employee’s average weekly wage and capped at 50% of the statewide average weekly wage. It will be fully implemented in 2021 at 67% average of an employee's average weekly wage, capped to 67% of the statewide average weekly wage.
Being There for Loved Ones
This program will especially benefit low-income workers who often lack benefits or job security.
Paid family leave would greatly benefit working mothers who want to care for their child without having to sacrifice their career.
What People Are Saying
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