New York: Governor Kathy Hochul has launched a nation-leading initiative to offer fully paid parental leave benefits to New York State employees.
Over 10,000 unrepresented State employees will be eligible to receive 12 weeks of fully paid leaves.
The Governor announced in a policy bulletin that more than 10,000 unrepresented State employees will be eligible to receive 12 weeks of fully paid leave to use for bonding with a newborn, fostered, or adopted child, according to details posted on Governor.NY.gov..
The majority of employees will be able to take leave starting today.
“The dedicated New Yorkers who keep our state moving should not be forced to choose between a paycheck and caring for their child, and this policy will establish New York State as a model for helping working families,” Governor Hochul said.
“My administration is committed to giving our public servants the support they need because it’s not only good for their families, it’s good policy.”
Despite the well-documented positive benefits of paid parental leave to maternal and infant health, as well as family economic security and workforce retention, the United States is the only developed country in the world without a national paid parental leave policy. New parents and caregivers depend on a patchwork of various federal, state, and local leave policies, in addition to any employer-sponsored benefits.
Governor Hochul first announced his initiative as part of her 2023 State of the State.
The Office of Employee Relations (OER) and the Department of Civil Service have since worked to establish the program and make it available for unrepresented State workers.
Under the policy issued today, all unrepresented executive branch employees who work full-time or who work at least 50 percent part-time are eligible for this benefit, with eligibility beginning on their first day of service.
OER will continue to engage State unions on extending this benefit to their employees through collective bargaining.