New York Paid Family Leave 2019 Update

February 14th, 2019 | By Jules Halpern Associates | New York City Law, New York Law, Paid Family Leave

In 2019, New York continues with its second year of a four-year phase-in of Paid Family Leave (“PFL”). As of January 1, 2019, PFL provides eligible employees the following:

• Up to 10 weeks of PFL (from 8 weeks in 2018). PFL can be used to: (i) bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child within the first 12 months of birth of placement; (ii) care for a spouse, domestic partner, child/stepchild, parent/stepparent, parent-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild with a serious health condition; or (iii) assist a spouse, domestic partner, child/stepchild, parent/stepparent or parent-in-law when they are deployed abroad on active military service.

• 55% of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of 55% of the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage (“SAWW”), which is $1,357.11 in 2019 (from 50% of the average weekly wage and a cap of 50% of $1,305.92 – the SAWW in 2018). The maximum weekly PFL benefit for 2019 is $746.41 (from $652.96 in 2018).

If you need us to update your handbook’s PFL policy, or need assistance with compliance, please contact us.

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