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Both Statewide Paid Family Leave and the $15 Minimum Wage for Most of the NYC Metro Area Became Law in New York April 4th

04/14/2016

In a flurry of activity accompanying agreement with the Governor on a budget in late March, New York State lawmakers passed, and Governor Cuomo subsequently signed, legislation following California‚Äôs lead in raising the statewide minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, and also seizing the mantle among the states as the most generous, in guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid family leave. Cuomo had been stumping in support of both issues for several months as Democrats gear up for legislative elections this year, and for a gubernatorial contest in 2017. Benefits under both of these measures, which have been the subjects of national campaigns by unions and other organized interest groups, will be phased in over several years.

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