At a time when a one-income family is a luxury few can afford, changes in family circumstances – whether it’s the birth of a new child or the serious illness of an older relative – put greater stress on the economic security of families than ever before.
New York Needs the Paid Family Leave Insurance Act. In 1993 the federal Family and Medical Leave Act was enacted to provide 12 weeks unpaid, job protected leave for working families to care for their newborn or adopted child or sick family members. For many working people, however, taking unpaid time off is virtually impossible, no matter how serious the situation. Today, sixty-six percent of mothers of young children work outside the home and twenty percent of adults care for an elderly relative.
Paid Family Leave Insurance provides a solution that allows working families to care for themselves without risking their economic security. It would expand New York’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program (which provides some wage replacement during a worker’s own non-work related temporary disability) to cover a worker who needs time off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or a seriously ill family member. Paid family leave is good for New York families, good for New York businesses, and good for New York’s economy.