New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Take Effect

Author: Tracy Morley, XpertHR Legal Editor

Implementation Date: January 1, 2018

New York employees who have worked at least 26 consecutive weeks are eligible for paid family leave (PFL) benefits for:

  • Caring for a family member with a serious health condition;
  • Bonding with a newborn baby or a newly adopted or fostered child; or
  • A qualifying exigency related to a family member's active military service.

Beginning on January 1, 2018, employees receive eight weeks of PFL benefits during any 52-week calendar period at 50% of their average weekly wage. Beginning January 1, 2019, employees receive 10 weeks at 55%. Beginning January 1, 2020, employees receive 10 weeks at 60%. Beginning January 1, 2021, employees receive 12 weeks at 67%. Payroll deductions of employee contributions may be made beginning July 1, 2017.

Final regulations implementing the PFL law were released July 19, 2017. The New York State Department of Taxation issued guidance regarding the taxation and reporting of employee contributions in August, 2017.

+2015 Bill Text NY S.B. 6406.