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New York State Paid Family Leave Updates

In addition to the changes in the New York Paid Family Leave (NYPFL) contribution rate increase for 2022 discussed in PMP’s October Newsletter, additional changes have been signed into law by NY Governor Kathy Hochul on November 1, 2021.


New York’s Paid Family Leave law currently provides employees who work in New York with up to 12 weeks of job protected paid time off to bond with a newly born, adopted or foster child, care for a family member with a serious health condition; or to assist with family situations when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed on active military service. Currently family care leave covers caring for a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent or grandchild with a serious health condition. The recent change will expand such family members to include: siblings: biological, step, and half.


The amendments do not take effect until January 1, 2023 so employers have plenty of time to prepare.


NY Paid Family Leave also was revised to include a cap on PFL taken intermittently. Effective January 1, 2022, when an employee takes NYPFL in daily increments, the maximum number of days of PFL available is calculated based on the average number of days worked per week, multiplied by 12. Previously, the law capped leave taken in daily increments at 60 days per year.


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.