Editorial: Paid Family Leave Needs Full Consideration By Municipalities (September 2, 2017)

By: The Editorial Board, The Post Star

The Town Board in Moreau does not appear to be in favor of adopting a paid family leave program. When one councilman was asked if there were any benefits to the program, he replied, “I got nothing.” Well, hold on there cowboy.

We think the new law deserves a little more vetting than it got in Moreau, where the insurance carrier misrepresented some of the ways employees can use paid leave — no, you can’t use it to babysit your teen — and neglected to point out any of its benefits. If you haven’t heard, all private employers in New York will be required to allow employees paid family leave — escalating from 8 weeks in 2018 to 12 weeks in 2021 — to bond with a new child or care for a close relative with a serious health condition.