ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo's push for a state 12-week paid family leave law would only cover 35% of a person’s salary in the first year. Cuomo, appearing on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show”, said it will take time to build up the payroll contribution fund so employees could be paid more. According to Cuomo’s bill, the family leave law if passed would kick in on Jan. 1, 2018. In the first year, a person taking leave to spend time with a new child or help with a sick or dying relative would be eligible for just 35% of their pay each week. That would increase before maxing out at 50% in 2021, the bill says. ACTIVISTS FOR WOMEN URGE NEW YORK STATE TO APPROVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW Cuomo called passage of the law is a priority this year, though he acknowledged “a lot of opposition to it from many fronts.” That includes the state Business Council, whose president, Heather Briccetti, fears it would put additional strains on … [Read more...] about Andrew Cuomo’s paid family leave plan only covers 35% of person’s salary in first year
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Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo got together Friday to make a push for mandatory paid family leave in the Empire State. The two lawmakers kicked off the “Strong Families, Strong New York” campaign in Manhattan alongside some 500 parents, caregivers workers and community members. Cuomo wants New York to enact a 12-week mandatory paid family leave policy for anyone who needs to care for a newborn or a seriously ill relative. CUOMO'S PAID FAMILY LEAVE PLAN ONLY COVERS 35% OF PERSON'S SALARY If passed into law, the policy would be the most generous in the nation — and set a standard Cuomo hopes others will follow. “There are times in life when family comes first — like when a child is born, a loved one is sick, or a parent is dying — and I believe everyone deserves the right to be there in those times,” said Governor Cuomo. ACTIVISTS URGE NY STATE TO APPROVE PAID … [Read more...] about Joe Biden and Gov. Cuomo push for mandatory paid family leave in N.Y.
ALBANY -- Citing their own personal family losses, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo rallied Friday for New York to adopt a 12-week, paid-family leave program.The vice president has joined Cuomo on a number of occasions in recent months to support the Democratic governor's agenda -- including an an event last summer to announce a $600 million photonics center in Rochester and Cuomo's efforts in September for a $15 an hour minimum wage statewide.Now Biden threw his support behind Cuomo's bid for a paid-family leave program for new parents or for workers who need to care for an ill loved one. The measure would need approval of the state Legislature before the session ends in June.Cuomo and Biden both drew on personal experiences during the rally in Manhattan with union leaders and model Christy Turlington, who spoke in favor of the plan.Biden's son, Beau, 46, died of brain cancer in May; Cuomo's father, Mario, the three-term governor, died a year ago at age 82.Biden got … [Read more...] about Cuomo, Biden draw on experiences at paid-family leave rally
ALBANY -- A bill to provide 12 weeks of paid-family leave to New Yorkers was passed Tuesday by the state Assembly, which also introduced a measure to increase taxes on the rich and lower them for the middle class.The Democratic-led chamber passed the measure that would grant workers up to two-thirds of their pay, up to the state's average weekly wage, to care for a sick loved one or a newborn child for 12 weeks."The fear of losing a job should never stand in the way of caring for a sick family member, a parent, spouse or child, but these are the kind of difficult choices that some New Yorkers are forced to make every day," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, said at a Capitol news conference.The bill is broader than the one proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Friday joined Vice President Joe Biden to push for a 12-week, paid-family leave -- which would be the most expansive program in the nation.The Assembly's plan would be funded through the New York State’s Temporary … [Read more...] about Democrats seek paid-family leave, higher taxes on rich
A bill to provide 12 weeks of paid-family leave to New Yorkers was passed Tuesday by the state Assembly. The measure would grant workers up to two-thirds of their pay, up to the state's average weekly wage — currently $1, 266 a week — to care for a sick loved one or a newborn child for 12 weeks.The bill is broader than the one proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and would be funded through the New York State’s Temporary Disability Insurance so workers could get a portion of their wages.Cuomo's proposal, supported by Vice President Joe Biden, would start in January 2018 and provide a wage of 35 percent of a worker's salary up to average state wage. It would grow to 50 percent in 2021.Workers would be docked 60 cents from their weekly pay check under Cuomo's plan; it would be 45 cents under the Assembly plan.We talked to Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, who has sponsored paid-family leave in the Senate, and urged his colleagues to back the governor's … [Read more...] about Point-Counter Point: Paid family leave?
TRENTON - Democratic lawmakers want to expand the state's family leave law, saying it's underused and should provide greater compensation, but their move to do so adds to a growing list of progressive agenda items that may have to wait until Republican Gov. Chris Christie leaves office in January. More: NJ Democrats waiting for next governor on marijuana legalization More: Christie: Flynn wouldn't be allowed in White House if I were president More: Christie says he ordered State House renovation borrowing Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Hudson, said Tuesday that he wants to change the 2009 law's maximum number of leave weeks from 6 to 12, allow for benefits for bonding with a newborn or an adopted child, and boost the cap on weekly benefits from $633 to $932 per week.But Prieto's plan differs from a proposal offered by Senate Democrats a month ago – and neither is likely to win support from Christie or backing from the state's … [Read more...] about NJ paid family leave: How to claim it and how the program might be improved
ALBANY – New Yorkers would see a 60-cent deduction in their paychecks each week under a proposal to provide up to 12 weeks of paid-family leave to workers.Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking the paid-family leave in his budget plan introduced last week, saying workers should be entitled to a portion of their pay if they leave work to care for a newborn or a sick loved one.“At the end of the day, family matters,” Cuomo said in his State of the State address Jan. 13. “Intimate relationships matter. And in this 24/7 world, let this state make a statement of what is really important, and those relationships are important.”Democrats in the state Legislature have supported various versions of a 12-week paid family leave, but the measures have stalled in the Republican-led Senate.Still, Republicans seemed open to a renewed effort to get an agreement this year. The state’s new fiscal year starts April 1.“We will definitely have discussions over paid-family … [Read more...] about Cuomo seeks 12 weeks of paid family leave
SAN FRANCISCO — Sheryl Sandberg is leaning in again.This time she's carving out major positions on public policy issues for women and families. And she's challenging corporate America to take the lead in crafting family-friendly policies such as paid family leave, family sick time and bereavement leave.On Tuesday, Sandberg announced Facebook has extended its bereavement leave to up to 20 days for an immediate family member and up to 10 days for an extended family member. That's double the leave it used to offer. U.S. companies are not required to offer bereavement leave.Facebook is also instituting paid family sick time — three days to care for a family member with a short-term illness, such as a child with the flu, and paid family leave, which allows employees to take up to six weeks of paid leave within a rolling 12-month period to be with an ill family member."People should be able both to work and be there for their families," Sandberg wrote in … [Read more...] about Sheryl Sandberg to corporate America: Lean in on family leave
In what would be a boon for working New Yorkers, state legislators are pushing to make this the fourth state to enact paid family leave. Unfortunately, the leading proposals must be chalked up as non-starters. Federal law entitles most workers to as much as 12 weeks’ unpaid family leave to bond with a newborn child or care for a sick relative. But with no paychecks coming in, low- and middle-income people often must choose between being there for loved ones or paying the rent. Competing bills in the Senate and Assembly would fill that gap. The Senate version — put forward by Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein — would pay up to half of an employee’s wages for as long as six weeks. Workers would chip in through paycheck deductions that would rise to $1 per week, and employers would pay nothing. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees would be exempt. So far, so good — except those weekly bucks would fall way short of … [Read more...] about If only the thought counted: Albany’s family-leave push sounds good, but the details leave much to be desired
ALBANY — In a surprise move, the state Senate GOP included the creation of a paid family leave program in its budget proposal to be unveiled this week, the Daily News has learned. The plan was included at the urging of a breakaway group of five Senate Democrats who serve in a coalition with the GOP. Federal law already requires that employers give their workers up to 12 weeks of family leave time, but it is unpaid, the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein said. “The majority of working families in New York can’t afford to take one week of unpaid leave, let alone 12,” Klein, who represents the Bronx, told The News. “New Yorkers should never have to choose between what their heart is telling them to do and what their bank account is telling them do.” Under the plan, new parents and those caring for seriously ill relatives would be allowed up to six weeks of paid leave. The program would cover all new mothers … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: New York Senate Republicans back plan for paid family leave