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State could expand its family leave policy

Jul 02, 2018 5:00 am
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union New York could expand its paid family leave policy to include time off following the death of a family member under a bill passed by the state Legislature. If signed into law, the measure would initially allow eligible state residents up to 10 weeks off, which is a major expansion from the four days off that most employees currently receive from their employers. Bereavement leave could be used for the death of a spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, parent-in-law, stepparent, grandparent or grandchild. It would not apply to a sibling. The expansion is opposed by the Business Council of New York, which is urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to veto the bill. The council criticized the legislation as written, citing language that allowed bereavement leave to be taken anytime after the death of a family member, as opposed to immediately after. It also argues that employers would not be able to plan ahead for the absence of an employee. The council said it would be an "immense" challenge for small businesses. The governor's office said the legislation will be reviewed by its counsel's office. Read the full story in the Times Union.