Paid Leave Benefits Everyone

February 16, 2016 | | Times Union |

Hard-working New Yorkers need time to care for their families without the pressure of missing a paycheck or losing their job. Whether it's the precious first months of a baby's life, the final days of an aging parent, or the critical weeks of recovery from a spouse's serious illness or accident, when a loved one needs care, New Yorkers need the time to be there for them.

Today, however, the United States remains one of only two countries in the world — the other is Papua New Guinea — to lack a national, paid family leave system. As a result, states such as California, Rhode Island, and our neighbor New Jersey have already taken matters into their own hands, creating state-run family leave insurance programs that provide real benefits to millions. It's past time for the Empire State to catch up.