Changes to Paid Family Leave in New York State

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SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – New York State has one of the most comprehensive paid family leave policies in the nation. Starting this month, the number of weeks eligible employees can take to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member or help a deployed family member, is now at 10 weeks.

For new mom Claire Isaacson, this will help her better balance motherhood and her career, since she doesn’t qualify for FMLA.

“I haven’t been with my company for a year, so we were pretty nervous about how we were going to manage that and wanting to be home for more than six weeks with short term disability,” said Isaacson.

But now, at the beginning of this year in New York State, eligible new moms will 10 weeks to stay with their child.  The law also allows employees to take 10 weeks to care for a very ill family member, or help loved ones when a family member is deployed overseas.  The state says it will also provides more financial security.   In 2019, employees taking paid family leave will get 55% of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of the current statewide average weekly wage.

To calculate 2019 benefits and payroll deductions, click here.

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