Response to Governor Cuomo’s Announcement on the Launch of the Nation’s Most Comprehensive Paid Family Leave Policy

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the nation’s strongest, most progressive and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. In response to that news the New York Paid Leave Coalition released the following statement:

Donna Dolan, Executive Director, New York Paid Leave Coalition, said, “Starting January 1st, New Yorkers will no longer have to choose between bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill family member and being able to pay their bills. This is an exciting moment for our state and the culmination of decades of work by elected leaders, advocates, activists, workers, and families around the state. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of New Yorkers joined the movement to make this day happen. And we are grateful to Governor Cuomo for his leadership on paid family leave. Now we embark on the next step: educating New Yorkers about how to use this program for those critical moments in life.”

Starting in 2018, New York’s 6.4 million private sector workers, both men and women, will be able to take paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a seriously ill family member, or address needs related to a family member’s military deployment abroad. Nearly all private sector workers are covered through a small weekly insurance premium. In 2018, the program will provide New York private sector workers with 8 weeks of leave at 50% of their average weekly wage up to a cap. Once fully phased in in 2021, it will provide workers with 12 weeks of leave at 2/3rds of their own wage up to the state-wide wage cap.

For more information about the new state program, visit the Paid Family Leave website at or call the state Paid Family Leave helpline at (844) 337-6303 with any questions.

About the New York Paid Leave Coalition:
The New York Paid Leave Coalition is a leader in promoting sensible workplace policy change in New York to build greater economic security for vulnerable working families. We do this by educating organizations, elected officials, and key constituencies, elevating the voices and leadership of impacted community members, as well as helping to lead campaigns around Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days, and other critical workplace policies.

Press Contact: Eric Williams