Hochul announces full paid parental leave for state employees

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New York state will now offer fully paid parental leave benefits to state employees.

Gov. Kathy Hochul calls it a nation-leading initiative.

More than 10,000 unrepresented state employees will be eligible to receive 12 weeks of fully paid leave to use for bonding with a newborn, fostered or adopted child.

The majority of them can take that leave right away.

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