Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Bereavement Leave for Gay New Yorkers



Gay and Lesbian New Yorkers will soon be entitled to bereavement leave if they are in a long term, committed relationship. The bill which passed the Senate on Monday will go into effect 60 days after being signed by Governor David Paterson. It is on route to him for signature.

Here is a brief description of who may benefit from this law:

Provides that employers who extend funeral or bereavement leave to an employee for the death of a spouse, child, parent or other relative shall not deny the same leave for the death of an employee's same-sex committed partner; defines same-sex committed partners as those who are financially and emotionally interdependent in a manner commonly presumed of spouses.

This is who must abide by this law:

Funeral or Bereavement Leave: No employer who extends to its employee’s funeral or bereavement leave for the death of am employee’s spouse or the child, parent, or other relative of the spouse shall deny the same leave to an employee for the death of the employee’s same sex committed partner or the child, parent or other relative of the committed partner. For the purposes of this section , same sex committed partners are those who are financially and emotionally interdependent in a manner commonly presumed of spouses.

For those who may be wondering, here is a list of those that voted no:

Defrancisco, Golden, Hannon, Johnson O, Larkin, Leibell, Marcelino, Padavan, Ranzenhofer, Skelos, Volker
Excused (1): Morahan

It seems that Equality is indeed on its way to New York.

2 comments:

  1. So sad that we gay folks have to go through such hardships to get what is RIGHTFULLY ours!

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  2. Thanks for your comment as always.Don't worry GK,the time to have our rights recognized is coming faster than most even know! It's why we have to keep fighting as hard as we can to make ourselves heard and visible! We'll get there!

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