Let’s Make Paid Family Leave Happen!
New Yorkers shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a new baby or sick family member and receiving a paycheck or keeping their job.
Why We Need Paid Family Leave:
Although the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave to many workers to care for a relative or care for a new child, this means little for the millions of workers who simply cannot afford to take unpaid time from work. In addition, the FMLA only applies to those companies with 50 or more employees–failing to cover the millions of workers employed by small businesses across the country.
Studies have shown that Paid Family Leave is not just good for employees and their families, but that it also benefits employers. In fact, New York’s Paid Family Leave will be 100% funded by small employee contributions. Read more about Paid Family Leave and its benefits here.
A strong Paid Family Leave policy will allow New Yorkers to remain in the workforce and still receive an income, while caring for a sick family member or new child. It will also set a valuable precedent for the rest of the country that Paid Family Leave both supports families and strengthens the economy.
Here’s What Paid Family Leave Would Do:
The New York State Paid Family Leave Insurance Act (A.3870A/Nolan and S.3004A/Addabbo) is proposed legislation that would provide workers in New York State with up to 12 weeks of paid leave a year to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or address issues arising from a family member’s military service.
- There will be coverage for all workers.
- Workers would receive up to 12 weeks of paid family leave benefits with a capped weekly amount.
- Businesses will not pay anything into the proposed paid family leave program. Paid family leave is great for small businesses because it lowers employee turnover and boosts morale.
- There will be greater financial stability for an estimated 50,000 to 77,000 New Yorkers and their families annually.
This bill will not only better accommodate working families, but also provide meaningful financial security and protection to New Yorkers. This bill has passed in the Assembly, but has not yet passed in the Senate.
Facts and Figures:
Only 13% of private sector workers have paid family leave. All of New York’s 7.5 million private sector workers should have access.
High-wage workers are more than five times as likely to have paid family leave than low-wage workers.
To learn more, visit Time to Care’s materials and talking points.
Paid Family Leave is a Priority in NYC and New York State:
Paid Family Leave is garnering notable city, state, and national support. Governor Cuomo is proposing state-level changes, and Vice President Biden and Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been among those rallying in support of a New York State Paid Family Leave program.
Here in New York City, Mayor de Blasio recently signed an Executive Order that provides non-union city employees with six weeks of paid time off for maternity, paternity, adoption, and foster care leave, at 100 percent of salary – or up to 12 weeks total when combined with existing leave. This will expand paid leave to 20,000 workers and their families, and is a great start towards ensuring that New Yorkers are able to remain in the workforce while caring for their loved ones. See more about the Mayor’s Executive Order here.
Support Paid Family Leave
It’s important that members of the Senate knows why you care about paid family leave! Add your voice to the organizations working together as part of the Time to Care Coalition to get this legislation passed. Take Action here!