New York’s Paid Family Leave Act (NYPFL) provides paid leave benefits to employees who need to take a leave of employment due to family issues. Employees are eligible if they worked for a private employer in New York State (NYS) and regularly worked 20 hours or more per week for 26 consecutive weeks or regularly worked less than 20 hours per week for 175 days.
An eligible employee could take paid family leave for one of the following reasons:
To bond with a newly-born, adopted or foster child;
To care for a close relative with a serious health condition; or
To assist when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.
The Family Leave Act was phased in over a four-year period and now employees may be eligible to receive up to 12 weeks of paid benefits in any 52-week period at 67% of their average weekly rate. That amount cannot exceed 67% of the NYS average weekly wage.
The New York Department of Financial Services recently completed its evaluation of the financial health of the NYPFL program and determined that the employee contribution rate will remain the same at .511% for 2022. The 2022 premium amount will be capped at an annual maximum employee contribution of $423.71 (up from $385.34 in 2021).
The paid leave benefit an employee can receive remains at 67% of the employee’s average weekly wage (AWW), capped at a maximum weekly benefit of $1,068.36 for 2022 (an increase of $96.75 from 2021). The maximum benefit is calculated based on 67% of the $1,594.57 New York State Average Weekly Wage.
For more information on New York State Paid Family Leave, visit the New York State Paid Family Leave website.
For more information on the updates visit the New York Paid Family Leave Updates for 2022 website.