New York’s Employee Leave Laws — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily

New York employers must contend with an assortment of leave laws in addition to those required by the federal FMLA and the ADA’s reasonable accommodations requirements for employees with disabilities.

Adoption leave

New York has no equivalent to the federal FMLA, which allows up to 12 weeks’ unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. But under state law, employers that offer child-care leave for the birth of a child must provide equivalent time off for adoptive parents.

The adoption-leave discrimination law applies only to adoptions of children younger than mandatory school age and disabled children under age 18.

Make sure your leave policies don’t discriminate against adoptive parents. Allow them leave on the same terms as other new parents. So, for example, if your organization gives new parents 90 days’ leave, paid or unpaid, adoptive parents must receive the same benefit.

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