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New York State Paid Family Leave – 2019 Updates


January 1, 2019:

Employees in New York State are eligible to receive 10 weeks of Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits during any 52-week calendar period at 55% of their average weekly wage, up from eight weeks at 50% of 2018.  Caps apply.


To be eligible for PFL benefits, employees must have worked at least 26 consecutive weeks (if full-time) or 175 non-consecutive days (if part-time).


PFL allows eligible employees to take job protected paid time off to:

(i) Care for a family member with a serious health condition;

(ii) Bond with a newborn baby or a newly adopted or fostered child (leave can be taken within 12 months of qualifying event); or

(iii) Assist with a qualifying exigency related to a family member's active military service.


Family members include: 

· Spouses and domestic partners

· Children, stepchildren

· Parents, stepparents

· Parents-in-law

· Grandparents

· Grandchildren


Serious health condition” refers to an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental disability that involves (i) inpatient care in a hospital or other health facility or (ii) continuing long-term treatment.


The number of weeks and benefits will continue to rise through 2021 up to 12 weeks of job-protected, paid time off for the covered events.


February 3, 2019:

New York PFL will expand the definition of serious health condition to explicitly include the “preparation for and recovery from surgery related to organ or tissue donation”.  This will ensure that organ and tissue donors can be cared for by their eligible family members under New York Paid Family Leave.


For additional details refer to https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov.

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