Paid Family Leave In New York

Paid Family Leave in New York

New York has passed the strongest paid family leave program in the nation, becoming the fourth state in the country to guarantee paid leave for workers welcoming a new child or caring for a seriously ill family member, and the first to provide 12 weeks. The law, which will provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid leave once fully phased in, goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

To learn more about how the program will work, and what to do if you work in New York and need paid family leave before January 2018, click here to read our overview of the new law.

A Better Balance helped to lead this campaign, working tirelessly to ensure we had the strongest bill possible, as well as educating the public and policymakers on the law, serving as legal experts to the campaign, organizing workers, collecting more than 13,500 petition signatures, and rallying business leaders.

Thank you to the countless New Yorkers who joined this campaign and shared your story with us! Currently, 6.4 million New York workers lack access to paid family leave, so taking needed time means forgoing income and often risking their jobs.


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Stay tuned to this page for updates on our efforts to pass strong paid family leave regulations and educate New Yorkers about their rights under this landmark law.