A 1793b - Amends Worker Paid Leave Laws - New York Key Vote

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Title: Amends Worker Paid Leave Laws

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Vote to pass a bill that amends worker paid leave laws.


  • Requires the State Insurance Fund to provide insurance for benefit payments for an employee’s disability compensation resulting from injury, sickness, pregnancy, or “family care leave” (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “family care leave” as any leave taken by an employee for the following reasons (Sec. 5):
    • To provide physical or psychological care for a “family member” with a “serious health condition;” 
    • To “bond” with his or her child during the first 12 months after the child’s birth or after the placement of the child with the employee for adoption or foster care; or
    • To fulfill a pressing need arising from the employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent’s impending call to or active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. 
  • Defines “family member” as a spouse, domestic partner, parent, grandchild, grandparent, sibling, parent of a spouse or domestic partner, or biological, adoptive, foster, or step-child (Sec. 5).
  • Defines “serious health condition” as an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that requires inpatient care at a medical facility or continuing treatment from a health care provider (Sec. 5). 
  • Requires an employee to contribute up to $0.45 per week to the State Insurance Fund to provide for the cost of family care benefits for an employee (Secs. 5 & 11).
  • Specifies that an employee on family care leave will receive a weekly benefit of two-thirds of his or her average weekly wage, but no more than the following statewide average weekly wages (Sec. 8):
    • 35 percent beginning January 1, 2015;
    • 40 percent beginning April 1, 2016; 
    • 45 percent beginning April 1, 2017; and
    • 50 percent beginning April 1, 2018. 
  • Specifies that an employee is eligible for benefits for no more than the following periods (Sec. 9):
    • 26 weeks of leave per year resulting from injury, sickness, or pregnancy; or
    • 12 weeks of leave per year for family care.