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NY Initiates 12 Weeks of Paid Family Leave

The state of New York has joined California, Washington, New Jersey and Rhode Island in offering paid leave to its male and female employees.  Accordion to CNN’s Kelly Wallace, this bill is being hailed “as the most comprehensive and generous paid family leave law in the country…” During the announcement of a finalized budget deal, the Governor Andew Cuomo added a bill mandating paid family leave time for most its employees. The NY Magazine reports that the program will “mandate up to 12 weeks of paid time off from a job to bond with a new child or to care of a gravely ill parent, child, spouse, domestic partner, to other family member.”

This bill puts NY ahead of other states which only offer 4-6 weeks paid leave. Although this program comes nothing close to a country like the U.K. which offers 40 weeks paid leave or Japan that offers 58 weeks paid leave, it is still a significant step and seems to be gaining support from President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton.  The paid leave program in NY covers both full-time and part-time employees and will also include small business.

NY’s program is scheduled to start January 1, 2018 with 8 weeks of paid leave available, then 10 weeks in 2019 and 2020, in 2012 employees will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave. Co-founder of A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center, Dina Bakst said that this bill would “…create tremendous momentum and fuel these states campaigns, and ultimately movement in Congress.”

Earlier today San Fransisco did something similar to New York, the city became the first in the nation to require businesses to provide fully paid leave for new parents, the vote by the San Fransisco Board of Supervisors was unanimous in favor of this measure, the Sacramento Bill reports that Business in San Fransisco  with at least 50 employees will have till Jan. 2017 to implement this new measure while business with at last 2o employees have until Jan. 2018 to comply.

It is starting to look like paid leave is becoming a trend in the country, it will be interesting to see who else joins the fold and how many businesses will oppose to it.

 

(VIA CNN/NY Mag/Sacramento Bee)

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