Testimony on Policies to Assist Working Families in New York State
1 J.A. Klerman, et al., Family and Medical Leave in 2012: Technical Report, Abt Associates for U.S. Dep't of Labor (Sept. 2012), at 161, available at: http://www.dol.gov/asp/evaluation/fmla/FMLA-2012-Technical-Report.pdf. 2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2013 (released Sept. 2013) at 108 (table 32, leave benefits for civilian workers), available at: http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/benefits/2013/ebbl0052.pdf. 3 In subsequent years, New York's Superintendent of Financial Services will determine the amount of employee contributions based on the cost per worker of providing paid family leave through the state insurance fund. A report from the Fiscal Policy Institute estimated the midpoint range of benefit contributions for an employee when the legislation is fully phased in at 88 cents per week. Reform of New York's Temporary Disability Insurance Program and Provision of Family Leave Insurance: Estimated Costs of Proposed Legislation, A Fiscal Policy Institute Report, June 2, 2014, at 12, available at www.fiscalpolicy.org in New Jersey for 2014 the weekly employee contribution for the paid family leave benefit is 60 cents). 4 A recent study showed that an overwhelming majority of California employers believe PFL has had a positive or neutral effect on their business. See R. Milkman & E. Appelbaum, Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California and the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy (2013), at 68-72; E. Appelbaum & R. Milkman, Leaves that Pay: Employer and Worker Experiences with Paid Family Leave in California, Ctr. for Econ. & Policy Resear ch (Jan. 2011) at 4, 8; see also E. Rudd, Family Leave: A Policy Concept Made in America, Sloan Work and Family Research Network (2004), available at http://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/wfrn-repo/object/ed5rb04oq4vm53b1. 5 See E. Appelbaum & R. Milkman, Achieving a Workable Balance, Rutgers Ctr. for Women & Work (2006) at 23. 6 Small Business Majority, Opinion Poll: New York Small Businesses Support Family Medical Leave (Dec. 2013), at 7, available at: www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/downloads/121213-F... Leave-NY-poll-report.pdf. 7 N.Y. Workers’ Comp. Law § 211. 8 See note 4, supra (describing findings from surveys and studies of California employers regarding PFL).