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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. Today,
sixty-six percent of mothers of young children work outside the
home and twenty percent of adults care for an elderly relative.
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.
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. Workers would receive up to 12 weeks of benefits, funded through a modest increase in premiums paid within the existing TDI program.
Every day New Yorkers are forced to choose between a paycheck and caring for their own health and/or a sick family member. Millions of New Yorkers do not have a single paid day off for illness a year. This lack of paid sick time comes with a cost -- not just to those workers, but also to their families, to businesses, to public health, to children and to seniors.
Paid Sick Days
provides a solution that allows working families who cannot
afford to lose a day’s pay or risk loss of their job to care for
themselves and their families. It is important to adapt
family-responsive policies like Paid Sick Days before the
work-family conflicts experienced by an escalating number of
Americans reach crisis level.
New York State Paid Family Leave
P.O. Box 1698 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113