NY: Proposed Revisions to Paid Family Leave Benefits Law Released

Proposed revisions to New York State’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) have been released by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). If adopted, the regulations would take effect on January 1, 2018, and contain several notable changes, including the removal of the “distinction between full-time and part time employees” and additional clarification regarding work schedules. As of January 1st, “the PFL will require private employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of paid family leave benefits in a 52-week period” for reasons including bonding with new children and caring for a family member. Employers should carefully review all of the proposed revisions and consider if any changes to company handbooks and other policies will be necessary.

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