Maloney joins Vice President Biden, Governor Cuomo in push for paid leave, calls for federal action as New York leads the way

Jan 29, 2016
Press Release

NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal. Maloney spoke at a rally with Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Cuomo to announce the new effort. The Congresswoman has been a leader in the effort to expand paid family leave.

“It’s unacceptable that we do not have a real paid family leave policy in the United States of America today. We’ve been fighting to change that, and our movement is growing, and it’s time that we set an example for the nation. It’s time that we had paid family leave in New York State – this year.

“Thanks to Governor Cuomo, we have a real chance at making it happen. He’s fighting for 12 weeks of paid family leave – which would be the best policy in the nation – and together we can make it happen.”

Background On Cuomo Proposal

  • Governor Cuomo’s proposal would will provide 12 full weeks of job protected leave and cover all employees, regardless of business size. Under this plan, New York’s paid leave program will be funded through nominal employee contributions and cost businesses.

Background on Maloney Paid Family Leave Work:

Maloney has been a leader in congress on Family and Medical Leave reforms:

  • In January 2015, Maloney reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA)—legislation that would provide six weeks of paid leave to federal employees for the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child. 
  • Maloney authored the Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act, which would extend FMLA protections to married same-sex couples. A Department of Labor rule announced in 2014 achieved the primary objective of her legislation.
  • In March 2015, Maloney reintroduced the Flexibility for Working Families Act, that would ensure that workers have the right to request a flexible work arrangement without fear of retribution.
  • Maloney authored the Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act, introduced in the 113th Congress, which would permit more people to benefit from family and medical leave by allowing employees in companies with more than 25 employees to take family and medical leave (lowered from 50 employees in current law). The legislation provides 24 hours of unpaid Parental Involvement and Family Wellness leave (during any 12-month period), which will allow parents and grandparents to go to parent-teacher conferences or to take their children, grandchildren or other family members to the doctor for regular medical or dental appointments.