Governor Cuomo may soon announce a proposal to give all New Yorkers 12 weeks of paid family leave.

The New York Post reports that after he met with advocates last month, he's decided to go forward with the plan.

City workers in Manhattan already enjoy a similar plan that was passed in the city last year.

The paid time off will not only be for mothers with a new baby, but for any employee with a new child, a sick family member or an injury.  According to the current law, workers may take 12 weeks of unpaid leave - depending on certain factors.

We will probably hear more about it in the Governor's State Of the State Address next week.

As a working mom, I have to say I'm all for this idea!  To be given the gift of spending 12 paid weeks with your new baby without worry that you'll lose valuable income or worse, your position!  I also love that new dads can take work off, too!

Two important things to note if you're hesitant to get behind this bill-

1. Many other developed countries offer way more than 12 weeks of paid leave.

2. This bill will also cover leave if you need to take care of a sick family member.  An important thing to keep in mind as baby boomers and their parents continue to age and become ill.

Obviously, as with any new policy, there will be a lot of arguing about the pending changes, and how it will be paid for.  But, I urge you, as you're deciding which side to take, do a little research and make an informed decision before you spout off on the internet with your opinion.

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