NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A6098A
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to paid fami-
ly leave and siblings
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this legislation is to add siblings to the definition of
family member in relation to Paid Family Leave.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. A new subdivision 24 is added to Section 201 of the Workers'
Compensation Law, which defines "sibling".
Section 2. Subdivision 20 of section 201 of the Workers' Compensation
Law is amended by adding "sibling" to the definition of "family member".
Section 3. Establishes the effective date.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORIGINAL AND AMENDED VERSION (IF APPLICABLE):
The only change in the two versions is the effective date.
When we celebrate a marriage, birth or promotion, we often celebrate
with our sibling(s). That is also true when we face hardships such as
A concerned constituent shared their story with me, and explained how
they were unable to tend to their sibling under New York State's current
Paid Family Leave.
The strong bond siblings share is undeniable, and for many single indi-
viduals a sibling may be the only surviving family member that they
have. Therefore, it is imperative that we add "sibling" to the defi-
nition of "family member" for the purpose of Paid Family Leave.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
A. 3640 and S. 7860 of 2019/2020
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL. GOVERNMENTS:
The exact cost is unknown however it is expected to be minimal.
This act shall take effect on the first of January following the first
of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a
law and shall apply to all policies or contracts issued, renewed, modi-
fied, altered or amended on or after such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
March 10, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. GALEF, GOTTFRIED, GUNTHER, HYNDMAN, EPSTEIN,
SIMON, GLICK, ABINANTI, DICKENS, FALL, DARLING, RODRIGUEZ, CRUZ, RICH-
ARDSON, STECK, NIOU, FERNANDEZ -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. NOLAN
-- read once and referred to the Committee on Labor -- committee
discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
to said committee
AN ACT to amend the workers' compensation law, in relation to paid fami-
ly leave and siblings
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Section 201 of the workers' compensation law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 24 to read as follows:
3 24. "Sibling" means a biological or adopted sibling, a half-sibling or
5 § 2. Subdivision 20 of section 201 of the workers' compensation law,
6 as added by section 2 of part SS of chapter 54 of the laws of 2016, is
7 amended to read as follows:
8 20. "Family member" means a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild,
9 sibling, spouse, or domestic partner as defined in this section.
10 § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January following the
11 first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have
12 become a law and shall apply to all policies or contracts issued,
13 renewed, modified, altered or amended on or after such date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.