State lawmakers are looking to add paid time off for bereavement after the loss of a loved one.
The bill has already passed both the assembly and the senate and is making its way to Governor Cuomo.
If passed, the bill would add the loss of a loved one to the list of reasons for family leave time. Right now those reasons include the birth of a child or taking care of a sick family member.
Family leave is all about job security. It means a company cannot replace an employee on leave for up to 12 weeks.
Opponents say this could cause scheduling nightmares for small businesses.
Therese Schoeneck, a grief expert with Hope for Bereaved, says giving people the correct amount of time off can actually make businesses more efficient and build company loyalty.
"It makes a big difference I think in productivity,” said Schoeneck. “You know, we want to do it because we know the people need it, but I think it's a good business decision too."
If the bill is approved by the governor it would take effect January 1st, 2020.