ALBANY, N.Y. -- Local lawmakers hope to make it so that workers can take paid time off to care for ill loved ones.
At a press conference Friday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act. The FAMILY Act would provide pay for workers faced with taking a leave of absence to take care of a loved one.
Current law provides job protection, but the leave is unpaid. Gillibrand says both democrats and republicans overwhelmingly support the FAMILY Act.
Employees would buy into the Family Act coverage through their employer, like health insurance. The United States is the only wealthy country in the world that doesn't offer paid leave for family members.