Updated: May 8, 2013
The National Partnership for Women & Families released a newest report, Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents. We’ve given every state a grade based on how well its policies support working parents.
New York State got a B-!
Private Sector Workers - New York has no laws beyond the federal FMLA that guarantee job-protected family leave for new or expecting parents.
Female state workers have greater access to pregnancy disability leave under state law than under the federal FMLA. New York’s public sector pregnancy disability regulations apply to all workers regardless of tenure and number of hours worked. The typical period of pregnancy disability is four weeks prior to a woman’s due date and six weeks after her delivery date.
- from the National Partnership for Women & Families on May 8, 2012
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An annual national survey on child well-being found that 14.7 million American children – about 20 percent – were living in poverty in 2009, an increase of 2.5 million children since 2000. Child poverty increased in 38 states from 2000 to 2009. The Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation also concluded that low-income children will likely suffer academically, socially, and economically long after their parents have recovered from the economic recession. More than 20 states have also seen double-digit percent growth in the number of people seeking food assistance benefits from May 2010 to May 2011.
AAUW believes it is imperative that our national economic recovery plan reflect the realities of our nation and equally assist women as well as men to rebound from the recession. AAUW has worked to prevent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which has been crucial in meeting a vastly increased need among people who lost jobs or income during the recession.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for August 19, 2011.
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