In 2017 New York continued its trend of enacting laws and regulations at both the state and local levels that cause epic headaches for employers. These new developments make clear that New York is unlikely to give up its title as one of the most pro-employee states in the nation. Here is a look back at some of the most significant developments.

New York State Paid Family Leave

In April 2016, New York enacted amendments to the disability benefits law that provide paid, job-protected leave to employees working in New York in order to bond with a child in the first 12 months after birth, foster care placement, or adoption placement; to provide care for a family member with a serious health condition; or because of a qualifying military exigency as interpreted under the Family and Medical Leave Act. N.Y. Workers’ Comp. Law §201(15). During 2017 the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and Department of Financial Services finalized regulations corresponding to the law.

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