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States are stepping up to fill the gaps by providing job-protected leave to many workers left out of the FMLA. Some states have extended leave to employees of small businesses with less than 50 employees. Other states have reduced the duration and hours worked requirements in their state leave laws, while still others have done away with these requirements completely.
In his budget, Governor Cuomo offered a bold set of proposals to advance women’s rights, building on his leadership on women’s rights and commitment to level the playing field. Unfortunately, some of these proposals are at risk of getting cut from the final budget due to opposition from the New York State Senate.