Big happenings this week for employees in the Empire State!
The state Assembly, led by Democrats, passed a bill earlier this week which provides 12 weeks of paid family leave to New York's workers. The measure would allow workers to receive up to two-thirds of their pay (limited to the state's average weekly pay) so the worker can care for a loved one who is sick or to care for a newborn child for 12 weeks.
The leave, through this plan, will be funded through the NYS Temporary Disability Insurance program. Workers would be docked 45 cents from their weeklypay to fund the plan.
Opponents for the plan are concerned about raising taxes to pay for this much-needed benefit. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R., Suffolk County) shared the following in a statement. "Whether it is income taxes, property taxes, business taxes or tolls - we do not support raising taxes or asking hardworking New Yorkers to pay more."
Governor Cuomo first voiced his support for paid family leave in his State of the State message. He said his late father's illness helped him to see how important the need is for New Yorkers and "at the end of the day, family matters."
We agree, Governor Cuomo, and we applaud you for recognizing the importance of this benefit because we also believe that family matters.
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(A) a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and
(B) a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.
An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph (1) for any work time spent for such purpose.
An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.