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State Assembly Passes Paid Family Leave Bill

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The New York state Assembly has again passed legislation to allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a new child or a sick loved one.

The measure endorsed Tuesday would be funded by a weekly employee payroll deduction that would start at 45 cents in the first year. When fully phased in, the maximum weekly benefit would be capped at $633.

Rhode Island, New Jersey, and California have similar laws on the books. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie noted that the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer paid family leave.

The measure has run into trouble in the Senate before, but this year supporters are optimistic. Polls show broad public support and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has offered his own proposal.

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