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
PFL will be added to your policy effective January 1, 2018. All employees of NYSIF disability benefits (DB) policyholders will be automatically covered for PFL under their NYSIF DB policies. NYSIF DB policyholders should have received a letter from NYSIF in late April 2017 with preliminary information on the program. More information will be provided when it is available from the regulatory agencies.
The cost of the coverage will be set by the Department of Financial Services later in the year, and will be fully funded through employee payroll deductions, which may begin on or after July 1, 2017. To be eligible for PFL benefits with NYSIF, 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 average weekly wage (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:
- New York State Paid Family Leave Website
- Paid Family Leave Help Line: (844) 337-6303
To review the proposed PFL regulations, visit the following New York State websites:
The Notice of Proposed Rule Making was published in the February 22, 2017, edition of the State Register. Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted for 45 days. You may submit comments on the proposed regulations by completing this survey.
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.