The Latest: June 28, 2017
New York Paid Family Leave Act
- Paid Family Leave is fully funded by employees.
Although, employers are not required to make deductions to fund the policy. Employers can absorb the cost and use it as an added employee benefit.
 
- Employers are allowed to begin weekly employee deductions July 1st, 2017. 
Currently,  employers are not allowed to retroactively make employee deductions if the amount withheld is less than the cost of the PFL policy if they choose to start deductions at a later date.

- Employee deductions are calculated at .126% of weekly wages with a weekly maximum of $1.65

- Employee total income is used to calculate weekly deductions.

- The Paid Family Leave coverage will be automatically added to your disability policy.  Unless your insurance provider chooses not to participate in the PFL program.

- All rules have not been finalized.
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For More Information:

New York State Paid Family Leave Website
 
Call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at 844-337-6303
8:30am - 4:30pm ET, Monday - Friday
 
Contact your Disability Insurance Provider
P aid Family Leave Starts January 1st, 2018
Phased in over four years

Starting January 1, 2018, the New York State Paid Family Leave Program will provide New Yorkers job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service.

Phased in over four years
2018 -   8 Weeks of Family Leave
2019 - 10 Weeks of Family Leave
2020 - 10 Weeks of Family Leave
2021 - 12 Weeks of Family Leave

Employee Pay Out
Paid Family Leave provides employees a percentage of their average weekly wage, not to exceed a percentage of the New York State average weekly wage (NYSAWW), which is set every year.

2018 - 50% of average weekly wage - not to exceed 50% of NYSAWW
2019 - 55% of average weekly wage - not to exceed 55% of NYSAWW
2020 - 60% of average weekly wage - not to exceed 60% of NYSAWW
2021 - 67% of average weekly wage - not to exceed 67% of NYSAWW

Other Employee Benefits
- Full Time - Eligible 26 weeks from the date of hire
- Part Time employees eligible after working 175 days
- Employees are guaranteed job protection and continuation of health insurance while on Paid Family Leave. Employees must continue to pay their contribution to premium cost.
- Employees may take intermittently or for less than a full work week in increments of one full day or one-fifth of the weekly benefit

Employers
- Mandatory for every Private Employer in New York State
- There is no minimum number of employee requirements for employers
- Employers should contact their current New York Disability Benefits carrier to learn more about adding Paid Family Leave coverage.
- The employee will receive the Paid Family Leave benefit through the insurance policy.
- The Paid Family Leave insurance premium will be funded in full by your employees

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