NEW YORK STATE -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for a new bill that would allow people to get paid leave from their jobs to take care of sick family members.
Gillibrand says people are often forced to leave their jobs when a medical emergency comes up.
She says the Federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act would stop them from having to choose between a paycheck and a loved one.
Gillibrand says it wouldn't be funded by the government; instead the employee and employer would share the cost.
"Most companies know that if they've taken the time to train that worker, to rely on that worker, trust that worker, you want to retain that worker. They want to keep that worker they've trained," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York.
Senator Gillbrand says the cost to the average worker amounts to less than a cup of coffee a week.