What is the New York Paid Family Leave Benefit Law?

·         The PFL Law is an employee-funded leave program which provides paid family leave for qualifying events.

·         Employees can continue their health insurance, at the current premium, while on PFL and employees are guaranteed the same or a comparable job after their leave ends.  Employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against employees for requesting or taking PFL. 

·         The PFL Law provides mandatory coverage for private sector employees only.

·         Non-unionized public sector employees will be covered only if their public employer opts-in, as New York State has for its management-confidential employees.

·         Unionized public employees can be covered only through the collective-bargaining process; public employers must negotiate this benefit with the applicable unions.  To date, this benefit is not available to any unionized employees of New York State.

What types of leave are available under the PFL Law?

·         Leave to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child.  A parent may take PFL during the first 12 months following birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.

·         Leave for the care of a close relative with a serious health condition.  A close relative includes: spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent or grandchild.

·         Leave to assist with family situations arising when the employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.  However, an employee cannot use PFL for his/her own military deployment.

How many weeks of leave are available under the PFL Law?

·         2018 – 8 weeks

·         2019 and 2020 – 10 weeks

·         2021 – 12 weeks

What is the weekly benefit under the PFL Law?

·         2018 – 50% of weekly salary capped at 50% of the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW).  For 2018, the weekly benefit is capped at $652.96.

·         2019 – 55% of weekly salary, capped at 55% of the SAWW.

·         2020 – 60% of weekly salary, capped at 60% of the SAWW.

·         2021 – 67% of weekly salary, capped at 67% of the SAWW.

How is the PFL Law benefit funded?

·         The PFL Law benefit is funded through mandatory employee payroll deductions.  Individual employees can not opt-out of coverage unless they do not expect to work for their employer for the minimum amount of time required for eligibility. 

·          The 2018 payroll contribution is .126% of the employee’s weekly wage, capped at an annual maximum of $86.56, or $1.65 per week. 

For more information, please visit:  https://www.ny.gov/programs/new-york-state-paid-family-leave 


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* 2. How many years have you worked for New York State?

* 3. What agency do you work for?

* 4. Are you an Institutional or Administrative employee?

* 5. What is your gender?

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Leave benefit if it was available to you during your career
with the State?

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