Governor Cuomo Vetoes Bereavement Leave Bill
Another broken promise from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who vetoed the bereavement leave bill that he vowed to approve.
The bill would have allowed workers to take 12 weeks of paid leave after a death in the family. An issue Cuomo called "critical" during an election debate in August because "employees have rights."
Many business groups including the Business Council of New York State opposed the bill. "Who this really affects are the small employers who are being hit with another burden that’s difficult to manage,” group spokesman Zach Hutchins told the New York Post.
State Sen. Rich Funke and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle sponsored the bill after both losing children.
The Bereavement Leave Bill would have amended the current Paid Family Leave law in New York. It allows employees to take 8 weeks, and will go up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care of a sick relative or bond with a new child.