New York: Paid Family Leave Effective January 1, 2018

When the New York State Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) goes into effect on January 1, 2018, almost all private New York employers will be required to provide “paid family leave benefits to eligible employees”. To assist employers with compliance, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has released a manual that includes information on required materials, as well as sample language to be included in new documentation. The WCB has also released a “Statement of Rights”, which employers must supply to employees when paid family leave is taken.

According to the Statement of Rights released by the WCB:

In 2018, you can take up to eight weeks of Paid Family Leave and receive 50% of your average weekly wage, capped at 50% of the New York State average weekly wage. Generally, your average weekly wage is the average of your last eight weeks of pay prior to starting Paid Family Leave.

For more details on the new law, please click here.