Paid Family Leave Act begins in 2018

New York State is implementing a new program next year that will allow employees throughout the state to take paid leave without having to be afraid that they will lose their job. The program begins on January 1, 2018, for public employees who work in New York State. It is also applicable to private employees, depending on whether their employer has decided to join in on the program. This program aims to benefit employees who are facing:

  • the birth or adoption of a child
  • the need to take time off in an effort to care for a loved one with a serious health condition
  • a spouse, child, or parent that is going to be deployed overseas for active military service

Those who are eligible and wish to take leave will be able to take up to 8 weeks in 2018, up to 10 weeks in 2019 and 2020, and up to 12 weeks in 2021. The pay benefits if an individual chooses to take leave during those years are as follows:

  • 2018 – 50-percent of the employee’s average weekly wage
  • 2019 – 55-percent of the employee’s average weekly wage
  • 2020 – 60-percent of the employee’s average weekly wage
  • 2021 – 67 percent of the employee’s average weekly wage

In order to apply to take leave, the employee will have to inform their employer and submit the necessary forms.

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