Last Tuesday, the Assembly approved a paid family leave bill (A.3870) that would provide workers in New York with up to 12 weeks of paid leave each year to care for family members.

Under the Assembly’s proposal, employees could use New York State’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program to receive paid time off from work for up to 12 weeks to care for family members, bond with a new child or address certain issues arising from a family member’s military service. During their leave period, an employee would receive two-thirds of their average weekly wage, up to a maximum benefit level.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said:

“No hardworking individual in New York State should have to face financial ruin in order to take care of his or her family.  The New York State Assembly recognizes that there is nothing more important than the health of our families and loved ones so we have taken steps to keep families first in New York.”

Gov. Cuomo has included a paid family leave proposal in his Executive Budget that is similar to what the Assembly has approved.  Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said that his conference is discussing the Governor’s proposal, but has concerns about how it would impact small businesses. We are very concerned about the state imposing yet another mandate on employers.  And while what’s being proposed would not be paid for by employers, there is no guarantee that this will not change.