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Paid Family Leave

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

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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 60% avg weekly wage.           

Same strong protections

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

NY Paid Family Leave

Resources to Download

Model Language for Employee Materials

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

Update Guide

We’ve compiled a 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 NY Paid Family Leave benefit updates by downloading this official form.

Frequently asked questions

Eligible employees can take up to 10 weeks of Paid Family Leave in 2020.

Employees taking Paid Family Leave will get 60% of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of 60% of the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage of $1,401.70.

The maximum weekly benefit for 2020 is $840.70.

When it has been 52 weeks from your 2019 leave dates, you may be able to file a new request for PFL to take up to another 10 weeks.

If you are paid weekly, the 2020 payroll contribution is 0.270% of your gross weekly wages and is capped at an annual maximum of $196.72. If your gross weekly wages are less than the New York State Average Weekly Wage ($1,401.17 per week), you will have an annual contribution amount less than the annual cap of $196.72, consistent with your actual wages.

For example, in 2020, if you earn $27,000 a year ($519 a week), you will pay about $1.40 per week.

The maximum employee contribution for 2020 is $196.72.

Each year, the Department of Financial Services sets the employee contribution rate to match the cost of coverage. With 2020 Paid Family Leave benefits increasing to 10 weeks off at 60% of pay, the cost of coverage rose slightly, which the new contribution rate reflects.

Employers may start taking deductions at the 2020 rate on January 1, 2020.

The Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Paid Family Leave in 2020 is $1,401.17.

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