Following more than a decade of work by campaign partners, New York State passed the United States’ most robust paid family leave insurance (PFLI) law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2018. The next step in this campaign is to ensure that vulnerable and hard to reach workers are aware of the new PFLI law. In the three other states that currently have PFLI, knowledge of each program remains low.
Lack of knowledge of, and access to, PFLI puts our workers’ and their families’ health at risk. It threatens their economic security and creates barriers against the ability to thrive for millions of low-income families. Research clearly shows that PFLI benefits will have a material and beneficial effect on workers’ lives: children recover from illness more quickly when cared for by a parent, PFLI encourages more new mothers to breastfeed and for longer time periods, and job loss due to medical crisis (a common precipitator to bankruptcy and poverty) is more easily avoided.
Every dollar raised will go to support educating our communities about PFLI and will assist workers in securing coverage. With your help, we can make PFLI accessible to all New Yorkers, particularly our most vulnerable and hard to reach populations.