What you need to know re: NEW Paid Family Leave Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark Paid Family Leave has already launched. New Yorkers now have job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. There are many resources available to help employees and employers understand this great benefit. Visit ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave to access:

Paid Family Leave Forms: Download all the forms needed to request Paid Family Leave or waive coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions: Get answers to questions on benefits, funding, eligibility, taking Paid Family Leave, and more.

Model Language for Written Materials: Access language on Paid Family Leave that employers can customize and print to use for handbooks and other written guidance for employees.

Downloadable Guides: View fact sheets and FAQs that will help answer questions about Paid Family Leave and how it’s applied.

Payroll Deduction Calculator: Calculate weekly payroll deductions with this easy-to-use tool.

Employer and Employee Recorded Presentations: View presentations for employees and employers explaining Paid Family Leave, including the three uses of Paid Family Leave, benefits, eligibility and the request process.

Notices: Employers can download a template for notifying employees of payroll deductions and an Employee Statement of Rights.

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As of January 1, 2018, almost all employees who work for private employers in New York will have access to Paid Family Leave — an employee-funded insurance policy that provides job-protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or help relieve pressures when a family member is called to active military service abroad. Benefits phase in over four years. In 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks of paid time off at 50% of their average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). By 2021, employees will be able to take up to 12 weeks at 67% of their AWW, capped at 67% of the SAWW.

For more information on Paid Family Leave, visit ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave or call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303.