Benefits Insights, Winter 2018
On January 1, 2018, New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) will take effect, making it the most extensive paid family leave plan in the nation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the PFL into law to protect working families against having to make a choice between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.
The PFL benefits will be phased in over the next four years and provide New Yorkers with job-protected, paid leave when they have a child (whether through adopting, fostering or birth). It also includes caring for a loved one with a severe health condition or helping relieve family obligations when someone is on active military service.
Employees will be able to take up to eight weeks of PFL beginning in 2018 and can expect to receive 50% of their average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). Private sector businesses with more than one employee, except those who are self-insured, will now be required to provide benefits through insurance coverage, generally in the same policy as the employer’s NYS disability benefits policy.
Unique to the program is that the PFL is funded entirely by employees through small weekly payroll deductions, which is a percentage of their AWW up to a cap set annually. Recently the New York State Department of Financial Services announced that the 2018 payroll contribution is 0.126% of an employee’s AWW, capped at 0.126% of SAWW.
To learn more about New York’s PFL program visit: https://www.ny.gov/programs/new-york-state-paid-family-leave.