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.