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Lawmakers outline family leave plan

ALBANY -- On Tuesday, lawmakers in Albany made another push for paid family leave.

State Senate Co-leader Jeff Klein and members of the Independent Democratic Conference unveiled a detailed plan they are calling the Family Leave Insurance plan. The measure would guarantee six weeks of paid leave whenever a new child enters the home or a close family member is afflicted with a serious illness.

Senator Klein says the cost to the state would be $125 million each year. "A woman can't afford to leave work to bond with a child or even take care of a sick child." he said.

Right now, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act entitles employees up to 12 work weeks of leave for a birth of a child. However, the leave is not necessarily paid.