Paid Family Leave

Last year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Program, which 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.

Changes to Your Disability Benefits Policy

NYSIF notified disability benefits (DB) policyholders in April that PFL will be added to DB policies effective January 1, 2018. All employees of NYSIF DB policyholders will be automatically covered for PFL under their NYSIF DB policies. 

PFL will be funded through employee payroll deductions. As an employer, you are responsible for collecting the appropriate PFL contributions to cover the cost of the program. You may begin employee payroll deductions for PFL on or after July 1, 2017. 

The Department of Financial Services has set the rate for PFL at .126% of the employee’s weekly wage, not to exceed the statewide average weekly wage (AWW)

NYSIF will distribute an employee census later this summer that must be completed for NYSIF to estimate premium for the paid family leave portion of the disability benefits policy. NYSIF will send a bill for the estimated PFL premium, which will be payable later this year.

To be eligible for PFL benefits, an employee must have worked for the NYSIF policyholder for 26 weeks full-time or 175 days part-time. The benefits of this program initially offer up to 8 weeks of paid leave at 50% of the employee's AWW, up to the maximum benefit of 50% of the New York State AWW. The program will be fully implemented on January 1, 2021, and will offer up to 12 weeks paid leave at 67% of the employee's average weekly wages, up to the maximum benefit of 67% of the New York State AWW.

For more information regarding Paid Family Leave, please refer to the following New York State resources:

Additional Information

The Workers' Compensation Board issued proposed regulations on February 22 for review and comment. The Chair revised these Proposed Regulations and published a Notice of Revised Rule Making in the May 24, 2017, edition of the State Register. Comments will be received for 30 days. You may submit comments on the proposed regulations by completing this survey.

The Department of Financial Services issued proposed regulations on February 22 for review and comment and released final regulations on May 31. 

Disclaimer

These materials are based on rules contained in regulations that have been proposed for public comment. The final version of the rules may change based on comments received. Materials will be updated to reflect any changes.

This page was updated June 2, 2017.

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