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Proposed bill would lengthen maternity leave

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:30 am

Politicians rallied in support of a bill on Monday that would allow women to double their job-protected maternity leave from 12 to 24 weeks.

“As an expectant mother, I look forward to the exciting early weeks of my baby girl’s life knowing there are few things more important to her well-being than proper bonding and attachment at the early stages,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) .

Anyone who works for a company with 50 employees or more would not be penalized for their leave of absence. Parents of recently adopted children would also be eligible for a leave of absence.

The bill does not seek compensation for the time off, but will protect new mothers from losing their jobs.

The United States is the only developed nation in the world without a paid family leave policy, Simotas said.

“It is essential that New York recognize the benefits of extended family leave to early childhood development and the quality of life of working parents,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights).

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