NEW YORK – The New York Civil Liberties Union called for paid family leave for all city employees ahead of a city council hearing today where municipal employees will testify on the issue. The vast majority of city employees are not covered by New York State's new paid family leave law, which took effect in January 2018. The New York City Council Committees on Education and Civil Service and Labor will hold a joint hearing Monday afternoon.
The following comment is attributable to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union:
“All civil servants that our city relies upon, from teachers to police officers, deserve the right to care for their families, whether that’s taking time to nurture a newborn or caring for a sick relative. It is a travesty that far too many are excluded from a robust paid family leave program and are forced to choose between caring for a family member and keeping their jobs. Paid family leave is critical to achieving economic equality for women and low-income New Yorkers. The city should take steps to ensure that all city workers have comprehensive paid family leave.”