Paid family leave is coming to New York starting in 2018. Our state now leads the nation in ensuring that working families have access to this essential and long-overdue benefit that includes up to 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a new child or seriously ill loved one.

We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership, as well as our sponsors, Assemblymember Nolan and Senator Addabbo, and supporters in the Assembly and Senate, including Senator Klein, for years of dedication to passing paid family leave. This victory wouldn’t be possible without the tireless work of the campaign steering committee, over 300 organizations involved around the state, and the voices of over 20,000 New Yorkers calling on the Senate to support paid family leave.

Paid Family Leave Insurance provides a solution that allows working families to care for themselves without risking their economic security. It will 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.