New parental leave is a test for fathers: New York dads must step up

As the newest crop of expectant parents in New York attends birthing classes and decides on paint colors for nurseries, they are also facing a decision that their peers never did: whether and when to take their paid, universal parental leave.
New York’s new policy — which went into effect the first of the year — is advertised as the nation’s most generous. Most noteworthy is the fact that its benefits apply equally to mothers and fathers.