Queens senator’s legislation to include siblings under paid family leave signed into law


A bill sponsored by state Senator Joseph Addabbo allowing family members to care for a sibling under Paid Family Leave (PFL) was signed into law this month.

Under the current law, employees cannot take leave to care for a sibling with a serious health condition.

“If this past year has taught us anything, it is that we must recognize the needs of all individuals, especially during life’s most challenging periods,” Addabbo said. “Many siblings share a strong bond, and for some single individuals, a sibling may be the only surviving family member that they have. Adding ‘sibling’ to the definition of ‘family member’ for the purpose of Paid Family Leave is simply common sense.”

The new bill (S.2928-A) builds upon the PFL legislation enacted in 2016, which created one of the most comprehensive paid family leave programs in the nation.

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