On Friday, December 28, the Governor of new York Andrew Cuomo vetoed a draft lawthat would, if adopted, allowed employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave in connection with the loss of a family member.
Against this bill were made by the Business Council and other business groups, declaring it too burdensome for employers, especially for small businesses.
The bill was supported by Republican Senator rich funk and former majority leader in the state Assembly — Democrat Joe Morel, now a Congressman. In 2001, Funke lost his son, and Morel — a daughter who died of cancer in 2017.
In the explanatory Memorandum to the bill notes that employers typically provide in connection with the loss of a spouse or child 4-day vacation.
Early in 2016, Cuomo signed a bill on paid family leave can now be taken not only to care for a newborn child, but also to assist sick relatives. Thus, new York joined other States (California, new Jersey and Rhode island), where working Americans have the opportunity to take paid leave for family reasons.
Then the Governor said that he was sorry that he had not had the opportunity to spend more time with a dying father (Mario Cuomo, the 52nd Governor of new York, died January 1, 2015) and that many residents of the state also can not for the dear people leave a job.