As we have written several times previously, all private employees in New York are now eligible for Paid Family Leave beginning January 1, 2018. For this calendar year, employees will be eligible for eight (8) weeks of paid time off, and by 2021, it will increase to a total of twelve (12) weeks of paid time off. NYPFL provides job protection to employees and also continues their health insurance while out on leave. Copies of our previous alert can be found here.
Employers are required to obtain NYPFL insurance, which is typically added to an existing disability insurance policy. Employers should inform employees about NYPFL and update employee handbooks and employee notices to include information about the policy. Payroll processes also need to be updated in preparation for employee contributions, which is currently set at 0.126% of an employee’s weekly wage, up to 0.126% of the annual New York State Average Weekly Wage.
Employees are eligible for NYPFL if they are employed by a covered employer when they apply for leave. In order to be eligible, an employee must work twenty (20) or more hours per week for twenty-six (26) weeks, or if an employee works less than twenty (20) hours per week, he or she is eligible after 175 days worked.
More information for employers about NYPFL can be found here.