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New York State Takes the Lead in Introducing Paid Prenatal Leave for Medical Appointments of Pregnant Employees

Starting from January 1, 2025, employers will be obligated to offer 20 hours of paid prenatal personal leave within a 52-week calendar period to pregnant employees for healthcare services related to their pregnancy. The obligation to offer this leave is borne by the employers, and the statute does not require employees to contribute to the funding of this leave. This measure expands the existing paid family leave law in the state and makes New York the first state in the United States to provide paid leave specifically for pregnant employees to attend medical appointments. This amendment was integrated into and established through the state budget process, instead of being passed as an independent bill by the legislature. This facilitated a quicker implementation of the amendment as part of the wider budget legislation.

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