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Paid Family Leave in New York

Update - The weekly contribution rate for Paid Family Leave is 0.126% of the employee's weekly wage (capped at New York State's current average weekly wage of $1,305.92*). This translates into a maximum contribution of $1.65 per week per employee in 2018 

With days left to review the proposed Paid Family Leave regulations, what should you know?

The most comprehensive Paid Family Leave program in the country went into effect January 1, 2018.

A Quick Recap of New York Paid Family Leave

First, a quick recap of the proposed regulations:

Paid Family Leave provides employees with the income they need to enable them to stay home and care for:

  • a newborn, adopted or foster care child within the first 12 months
  • an ill or aging family member
  • children while a spouse is serving in the military

Paid Family Leave will be phased in over the next four years, until 2021, when PFL will pay out the maximum coverage of 67 percent of an employee’s average weekly wage for 12 weeks. Coverage will be community rated to promote a fair and efficient market, and coverage will be written as a rider to existing DBL policies.


Who is covered by the paid family leave law?

    Almost all private sector workers employed in New York State (with the exception of certain categories excluded under NYS Temporary Disability Insurance law)
    The law allows self-employed and public sector unions to opt in to the paid family leave program
    You have to have worked for your current employer for at least 26 consecutive weeks to be eligible for paid family leave.

When does paid family leave start?

 January 1, 2018

What can it be used for:

 Bonding with a new child (including adopted and foster children)
 Care of a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, or grandparent
 Addressing certain needs when a family member is called to active military duty

How many weeks of leave are available?

 Up to 8 weeks starting in 2018
 Up to 10 weeks in 2019 and 2020
 Up to 12 weeks starting in 2021 and thereafter
 Leave runs concurrently with federal FMLA leave. The law allows for leave to be taken on an intermittent basis.
 In addition, women are covered by Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) for pregnancy and recovery from childbirth, but there are limits on the total amount of leave that can be used in a year.

How much will a worker receive when out on paid family leave?

 2018: 50% of your wages, up to a maximum of 50% of the statewide average weekly wage
 2019: 55% of your wages, up to a maximum of 55% of the statewide average weekly wage
 2020: 60% of your wages, up to a maximum of 60% of the statewide average weekly wage
 2021: 67% of your wages, up to a maximum of 67% of the statewide average weekly wage
 2022 and on: Each March the NY Department of Labor reports the statewide average weekly wage for the previous year.


     For 2015 it was $1,296.48.

Find out more about Paid Family Leave on the Official NYS Website   EMPLOYERS     EMPLOYEES     PROVIDERS   

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