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Paid Family Leave Law Takes Effect January 1st

New York’s Paid Family Leave Law launches on January 1, 2018. The law provides a means by which employees can:

  • bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child
  • care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service

Paid family leave is provided to your employees through your disability insurance policy and can be fully funded by employee payroll contributions. Employees will apply for paid family leave benefits through your insurance carrier who will pay the benefits directly to your employees.

Eligibility in the paid family leave program is extended to “full-time employees” with a regular work schedule of 20 or more hours per week after 26 consecutive weeks of employment. “Part-time employees” with a regular work schedule of less than 20 hours per week are eligible after working 175 days, which do not need to be consecutive. 

More information is available at ny.gov/paidfamilyleave or by calling 844-337-6303.