Paid Family Leave Law

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New York State Paid Family Leave Law

Beginning January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) will provide family leave benefits to eligible employees through a small employee payroll deduction. You will be able to take a job-protected paid family leave:

  • To bond with a child during the first 12 months following the birth, adoption or fostering of a child;
  • To care for a family member with a serious health condition; or
  • For qualifying exigencies arising out of a family member’s covered active duty in the military.

Eligibility Information

Teachers College employees working within New York State who regularly work 20 hours or more per week, become eligible after 26 consecutive weeks; or regularly work less than 20 hours per week, after 175 days worked. Therefore, full-time, part-time and temporary employees can become eligible for PFL as long as they satisfy these requirements.

Additional Highlights

  • If the employee seeks PFL for a reason that is also covered by FMLA, PFL and FMLA benefits will run concurrently.
  • Eligible employees will continue their College-provided health insurance, when applicable. Employees will pay their regular share of the premiums during the leave.
  • Eligible employees will have the right to return to their same or comparable job upon return from PFL.
  • Citizenship and immigration status do not impact eligibility.
  • Eligible employees may choose to use accrued but unused vacation/personal/NYC Earned Sick Time to receive a full salary while on paid family leave, in lieu of the paid family leave benefit. Vacation/personal/NYC Earned Sick Time must be used in full-day increments and will be deducted from the employee’s absence balances.

The PFL Benefit

PFL benefits will be phased in starting in January 2018 and will be fully implemented in 2021. For 2018, eligible employees may receive up to 8 weeks of paid family leave within a 52-week calendar period at 50% of their average weekly wage, capped at 50% of the New York State’s Average Weekly Wage (NYSAWW)(link is external). The amount of paid family leave benefits will be phased in as follows

Paid Family Leave Benefits Phase-In

Effective Date Maximum Benefit within 52-Week Period Paid Family Leave Benefit
January 1, 2018 8 Weeks 50% of the employee’s average weekly wage or 50% of the state average weekly wage*, whichever is less
January 1, 2019 10 Weeks 55% of the employee’s average weekly wage or 55% of the state average weekly wage*, whichever is less
January 1, 2020 10 Weeks 60% of the employee’s average weekly wage or 60% of the state average weekly wage*, whichever is less
January 1, 2021 12 Weeks 67% of the employee’s average weekly wage or 67% of the state average weekly wage*, whichever is less

*The 2018 State Average Weekly Wage is $1,305.92

For More Information

Please visit New York State’s website at https://www.ny.gov/programs/new-york-state-paid-family-leave(link is external), where you can view their Frequently Asked Questions(link is external)