Democrats push 12-Week Paid Family Leave, regardless of workplace size.
Having passed the nation’s first statewide $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers, Democrats in New York are now pushing to become the first state to mandate 12 weeks of paid family leave on all workplaces, regardless of work place size.
State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento says it’s as much a social issue as it is a work place issue.
“If we want to consider ourselves an enlightened society,” Cilento says, “We have to do more for those who need our help the most. We have to do more for those who are most vulnerable amongst us.”
[….] “We all love New York but we can’t afford New York,” says Senator George Amedore (R – Rotterdam). “This could be another one of those big government programs that sounds good but also affects employers, small businesses, and (employees since) more being taken out of the check.”
On the heels of its $15 wage mandate, if New York does pass a paid family leave bill—the costs of which will undoubtedly be passed along—for those companies that have mobility, the attractiveness of more business-friendly states will become more apparent.
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