If you have questions about paid family leave in New York, Contact an employment attorney.
As of January 1, 2018, most employees who work in New York State for private employers are eligible to take Paid Family Leave. If you are a public employee, your employer may choose to offer Paid Family Leave.
New York’s Paid Family Leave provides job-protected, paid time off so you can:
- bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child;
- care for a close relative with a serious health condition; or
- assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.
You can continue your health insurance while on leave and are guaranteed the same or a comparable job after your leave ends. If you contribute to the cost of your health insurance, you must continue to pay your portion of the premium cost while on Paid Family Leave.
Paid Family Leave benefits phase in over four years. During 2018, you can take up to eight weeks of Paid Family Leave and receive 50% of your average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). Your AWW is the average of your last eight weeks of pay prior to starting Paid Family Leave. The SAWW is updated annually.
Paid Family Leave Benefits Examples for 2018
|Worker’s average weekly wage||Weekly PFL Benefit (2018)*|
*The weekly PFL benefit is capped at 50% of the New York State average weekly wage, which is $652.96.
Benefits Increase Through 2021
|Year||Weeks of Leave||Benefit|
|2018||8 weeks||50% of employee’s AWW, up to 50% of SAWW|
|2019||10 weeks||55% of employee’s AWW, up to 55% of SAWW|
|2020||10 weeks||60% of employee’s AWW, up to 60% of SAWW|
|2021||12 weeks||67% of employee’s AWW, up to 67% of SAWW|
In 2018, the Paid Family Leave benefit is 50% of your average weekly wage, capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage.
Example: An employee who makes $1,000 a week would receive a benefit of $500 a week (50% of $1,000). Another employee who makes $2,000 a week would receive a benefit of $652.96, because this employee is capped at one-half of New York State’s Average Weekly Wage —currently $1,305.92. Half of that amount is $652.96.
Leave can be taken either all at once or in full-day increments. You may take the maximum time-off benefit in any given 52-week period. The 52-week clock starts on the first day you take Paid Family Leave.
PUTTING LOVED ONES FIRST
Maternity & Paternity Leave
Whether you are expecting, fostering or adopting a child, you deserve to take time to care for your child without having to risk your economic security.
Caring for a Loved One
The time you spend caring for a loved one with a serious health condition is critical, whether it be a child, parent, parent-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, spouse or domestic partner.
Paid Family Leave enables loved ones to spend time with those called to active military service and alleviates the pressure of working and caring for a child while a loved one is away.