Who do you know that is planning to use the new Paid Family Leave program in the first few weeks and months of 2018?
Stories and experiences are critical to helping people learn about the new program. We’re looking to build a group of 10-15 individuals who are actually using the new system in the first few months of the year to gauge how the program is working and provide feedback to appropriate state agency contacts. We’re looking for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, jobs, and income levels. Hearing experiences from the ground up will guide how we can best support and improve the implementation of the new program.
This could be any members of your team, network, or staff that will be taking leave for the birth, adoption, foster care placement of a new child, or to care for a seriously ill family member. And, because people qualify up to a year after the qualifying event, some may be taking Paid Family Leave starting January 1 for a new child from 2017.
Please send us an email to connect us with individuals you feel might be a good person to talk to. You can also use the email template below to reach out to people in your network.
Outreach email template:
I’m sure you know the exciting news: Paid Family Leave starts in New York January 1st, and in 2018 will provide 8 weeks of leave to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member.
Because this is the first new program of its type in New York in years, the team of advocates who helped pass this law is looking for a handful of individuals to speak with who are planning to use the new program in the first few weeks and months of 2018. If you’re willing to have a few short conversations with the team about your experiences, challenges, or ease of applying for the benefit, they’d love to hear from you.
This will help them to gauge how the program is rolling out, advocate for those having challenges with the new system, and provide feedback to appropriate state agency contacts.
E-mail Eric Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.