Paid Family Leave

Here’s what you need to know about New York State’s new requirements for Paid Family Leave, plus some free resources to help you communicate and implement these new regulations.

More time off

The number of weeks eligible employees can take for family leave increases to 10 weeks.   

More financial security

The Paid Family Leave wage replacement benefit is also increasing to 55% avg weekly wage.           

Same strong protections

NY State has some of the nation’s strongest worker protections, including PFL.                

NY Paid Family Leave

Free Resources

Model Language for Employee Materials

Communicate the 2019 NY Paid Family Leave benefit update to your employees with this model language kit.

2019 Update Guide

We’ve compiled a free guide to explain how these changes apply to your business, and to the state.

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Notice of Paid Family Leave Payroll Deduction

Implement the 2019 NY Paid Family Leave benefit update by downloading this official form.

Frequently asked questions

Eligible employees can take up to 10 weeks of Paid Family Leave in 2019.

Employees taking Paid Family Leave will get 55% of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of 55% of the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage of $1,357.11.

The maximum weekly benefit for 2019 is $746.41.

You get the benefit rate and number of weeks in effect on the first day of a period of leave. When more than three months passes between days of Paid Family Leave, your next day or period of Paid Family Leave is considered a new claim under the law. This means you will need to file a new Request for Paid Family Leave and that you may be eligible for the increased benefits available should this day or period of Paid Family Leave begin in 2019.

Yes, you can take Paid Family Leave for bonding with a new child at any time within the first 12 months of the child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement, provided that you remain an eligible, covered employee.

If you experience another qualifying event in 2019, you may be eligible for up to two weeks of additional leave. The maximum amount of leave in 2019 is 10 weeks in a 52 week period. If you took eight weeks of PFL in the last 52 weeks, and have another qualifying event in 2019, you may be limited to two weeks at the new rate, since it is a rolling calendar. When it has been 52 weeks from your 2018 leave dates, you will accrue a new week of available PFL up to another eight weeks.

If you are paid weekly, the 2019 payroll contribution is 0.153% of your gross weekly wages and is capped at an annual maximum of $107.97. If your gross weekly wages are less than the New York State Average Weekly Wage ($1,357.11 per week), you will have an annual contribution amount less than the annual cap of $107.97, consistent with your actual wages.

For example, in 2019, if you earn $27,000 a year ($519 a week), you will pay about 79 cents per week.

The maximum employee contribution for 2019 is $107.97.

Each year, the Department of Financial Services sets the employee contribution rate to match the cost of coverage. With 2019 Paid Family Leave benefits increasing to 10 weeks off at 55% of pay, the cost of coverage rose slightly, which the new contribution rate reflects.

Employers may start taking deductions at the 2019 rate on January 1, 2019.

The new SAWW only applies to the 2019 benefit and will not affect Paid Family Leave deductions or benefits until January 1, 2019, if leave was begun on or after that date. The new SAWW does not have any impact on Paid Family Leave benefits in 2018.

The Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Paid Family Leave in 2019 is $1,357.11.

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