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Labor & HR Committee Update
March 19, 2014

Staff Contact: Frank Kerbein

Paid Family Leave proposals active

On March 6th, Senator Diane Savino, a member of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, introduced a paid family leave bill that would amend the state’s disability law and require all New York State private employers with more than 25 employees to provide up to six weeks of paid disability leave for child bonding and family care (S.6741). The bill would also raise the maximum weekly disability benefit payable from the current $170/week to over $700/week in just over three years, require that employees be returned to the job held prior to the leave, and require the state to cover the additional cost of the Family Care disability payments for the first year.

On March 14th, the Senate introduced its version of the 2014-15 state budget and it contained the same paid family leave mandate. This is the first time that this issue has risen to the level of being included in a state budget proposal.

Here is a summary of S.6741 and the bill text and sponsor’s memo for your review. Also, The Business Council’s opposition memo.

On March 5th, the Assembly passed a one-house version of paid family leave (A.1793-B) by an 89-44 vote. This Assembly bill is not identical to the Senate version but contains all the major paid family leave components.

The Business Council will be conducting an electronic advocacy campaign and other efforts opposing this mandate in which you should plan to participate.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this, please email Frank Kerbein or call at 800-332-2117.