Slated to begin around July 1st, most New Yorkers who work for private employers will see an additional disability insurance payroll deduction which is intended to cover the cost of New York’s new Paid Family Leave (PFL), an employment benefit that becomes mandatory on January 1, 2018.

The New York PFL law covers more employees than its federal counterpart as it applies to employers of any size.  Covered employees may take up to eight weeks off in any given 52-week period beginning in 2018. In successive years, the time-off benefit increases to 10 weeks (2019-2020) and then ultimately 12 weeks (2021). The 52-week clock starts on the first day the employee chooses to take leave.

Similar to the federal law, leave must be granted for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for an ill family member, and for those eligible for federal leave due to the military deployment of a family member.

Implementing regulations are in the works, so more details will be known in the coming months, and you can be sure we’ll report on them when they’re available. For now, employers are well-advised to start thinking ahead, because New York’s PFL, like the federal law, requires employers to ensure the job position remains available to the employee after her leave period is concluded. Among other things, employee policies are sure to need updating. Reach out to us with any questions you may have.