Starting January 1, 2018, the New York State Paid Family Leave Program 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.
This premium for this insurance will be paid by employees rather than employers and will be withheld through payroll withholding with a maximum of 1.65$ per week.
Paid Family Leave starts January 1, 2018 and phases in over four years:
2018: 8 weeks 2019-2020: 10 weeks 2021: 12 weeks
General rule of thumb: Employees covered by DBL (NY’s statutory disability insurance) now you will automatically get PFL starting next year.
Here’s what it takes to be eligible to go out on paid leave:
You must make it through what’s called a qualification period.
- If you work 20 or more hours per week, you must have been employed at least 26 consecutive weeks at your current employer.
- If you work less than 20 hours a week, you must have completed at least 175 work days at your current employer.
- If you change jobs your time worked at the previous employer does not count. In other words you start over with a new qualification period.
- Time out on DBL (statutory disability insurance) does not count towards your qualification period.
Qualified types of care include: Physical care, emotional support, visitation, assistance in treatment, transportation, arranging for a change in care, assistance with essential daily living matters, personal attendant services, traveling to pick up medication.
As of July 1, 2017 you can begin withholding premiums of up to $1.65/week and your current NY Statutory Disability Insurance Policy will automatically include coverage beginning on January 1, 2018.
Questions? Check the website here : ny.gov/programs/new-york-state-paid-family-leave