New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed a bill that will expand employees’ rights under New York’s Paid Family Leave program.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Currently, New York’s Paid Family Leave program provides workers with up to 12 weeks of paid time off at 67% of their pay (up to a cap) to:
    • Bond with a newly-born, adopted, or fostered child;
    • Assist loved ones when a family member is deployed on active duty in the military;
    • Comply with a quarantine order due to COVID-19 protocols or care for a minor child who is under quarantine; or
    • Care for a family member with a serious health condition (including severe cases of COVID-19).
  • Currently, this program covers workers caring for only certain, specified family members with serious illnesses. These family members include spouses, domestic partners, children and step-children, parents, parents in-law, grandparents, and grandchildren.
  • The new law will add siblings to this list.
  • But, the new law will not take effect for over a year, on January 1, 2023.

We invite you to stay up-to-date by checking our HR alerts. We’ll be sure to remind you of this new law next year, before it goes into effect.

If you have questions about how to handle a request for Paid Family Leave or how to remain compliant with federal and New York laws around workplace issues, The Coppola Firm can help.