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Siblings now eligible for paid family leave in New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York’s paid family leave laws will now cover brothers or sisters caring for another sibling with a serious health condition.

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the bill Monday to build on existing paid family leave legislation that was enacted in 2016.

"Taking care of your family is a basic human right, no one should have to choose between caring for a loved one and a paycheck," said Hochul. "Fighting to expand paid family leave is personal to me and so many others, and I am proud to work with advocates and legislators to make sure that New Yorkers can now take care of their siblings without fear of losing their jobs or income."

Paid Family Leave is employee-paid insurance that allows workers up to 12 weeks of paid time off to take care of a sick family member, bond with a newborn, or help loved ones when a family member is deployed on active military service.

Paid Family Leave currently covers caring for spouses, domestic partners, children and step-children, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents and grandchildren with serious health conditions. The new bill adds siblings to that list.

Hochul says more than 100,000 New Yorkers use paid family leave each year.

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