Businesses Back Paid Family Leave Proposal in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a rally for paid family leave in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a rally for paid family leave in New York, last Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A group of business owners in New York State has come out in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to extend paid family leave to workers caring for a new child or sick loved one.

The American Sustainable Business Council’s New York members announced their endorsement of the proposal on Monday. The measure would grant up to 12 weeks of paid time off and would be funded by a paycheck deduction.

It’s currently being debated in the Legislature, where Republicans have said they want to make sure the plan is fair to businesses.

A vote on the proposal is likely to come in the next several weeks.