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New York is implementing what will be the most comprehensive paid family leave policies in the United States.

New York is implementing what will be the most comprehensive paid family leave policies in the United States. ABC7 held a town hall on the measure. You can watch the entire hour with the video clips below.

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Watch Part one of our hour-long town hall discussion on New York's Family Leave program coming in January.

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Watch the final half hour of our town hall discussion on the New York State Paid Leave measure coming in 2018.

The state's paid family leave, which applies to full-time and part-time private employees, goes into effect January 1, 2018 and will be phased in over four years, according to AARP.

AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the law saying caregivers should not have to choose between loved ones and their job. In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Family Leave Program into law, and expressed why he personally feels paid family leave is a right all workers should have.
"Life is such a precious gift, and I have kicked myself every day that I didn't spend more time with my father at that end period," he said at his State of the State address.

Here's a look at key components of the program:

What is it?

The Paid Family Leave program will provide job- protected and employee-funded paid leave to care for a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent with a serious health condition; to care for a newborn child during the first 12 months after the child's birth or after the first 12 months after placement of the child for adoption or foster care with the employee; and to address family pressure when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is called to active military duty.

What are the benefits?

The benefits will be phased in over a four-year period. Starting in 2018, employees - both full- and part-time - who have been at their jobs for six months can collect up to 50% of their pay. They can take up to eight weeks of time off. In 2019 and 2020, that period increases to 10 weeks.
When the program is fully implemented in 2021, workers can take 67% of their weekly salary for 12 weeks.

How does it work?

New York state will fund the paid family leave through weekly paycheck deductions. Workers are entitled to keep their health benefits while on leave and are entitled to return to their jobs at the end of their leave, under the new rules.

Currently, there is no federal paid family leave policy on the books in the U.S. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is the federal program requiring employers to offer some level of time for care.

For more information on the program visit AARP.

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