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New York Paid Family Leave

Up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid leave

New York Paid Family Leave Policy

Understanding the New York Paid Family Leave Policy (PFL) benefits agents and business owners by helping to facilitate a smooth compliance transition. Help your clients get prepared by providing these tips so they can be prepared. This quick reference guide walks you through what is required, what benefits are covered, and what types of organizations are included.

NY Map and infographic of Paid Family Leave

Bonding with Children

Time away from work to care for and bond with a child after birth or adoption or foster care placement  

  • Must be taken within the first 12 months of the event
  • Disability may be taken after birth as well, but not at the same time as PFL
Eligible parental relationships:
  • Birth
  • Step
  • Foster/Adoptive
  • Legal guardian
  • Loco parentis

Care for Ill Family Member

Time away from work to provide care for a family member with a "Serious Health Condition" including an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves:

  • In-patient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential health care facility
  • Continuing treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider
Eligible relationships:

  • Spouse/Domestic partner
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Parent-in-law
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild

Military Family Member Care

Time away from work to manage a qualifying circumstance rising out of the fact that an eligible family member of the employee is on active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty) in the armed forces of the United States.

Eligible relationships:

  • Spouse/Domestic Partner
  • Parent or Step Parent
  • Child

Paid Family Leave Benefits Schedule

The Paid Family Leave benefits will increase each year over the next four years in both time of leave and benefit payout amounts.

Effective datesLeave timeBenefit amount and maximum (average weekly wage – AWW)
Jan. 1, 2018Up to 8 weeks50% of employee AWW not to exceed 50% of the State AWW ($1,305.92)
Jan. 1, 2019Up to 10 weeks55% of employee AWW not to exceed 55% of the State AWW (TBD)
Jan. 1, 2020Up to 10 weeks60% of employee AWW not to exceed 60% of the State AWW (TBD)
Jan. 1, 2021 and ongoingUp to 12 weeks67% of employee AWW not to exceed 67% of the State AWW (TBD)

Time Zones