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New York State Paid Family Leave FAQ [7/5/2017]

New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL)

Effective January 1, 2018

New York’s Paid Family Leave Program will provide wage replacement to employees to help them bond with a child, care for a close relative with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service.

Employees are also guaranteed to be able to return to their job and continue their health insurance. If you contribute to the cost of your health insurance, you must continue to pay your portion of the premium cost while on Paid Family Leave.

Employee FAQs

1.    When am I eligible?

  • Full-time employees will be eligible for leave after 26 consecutive weeks of employment.
  • Part-time employees will be eligible for leave after 175 consecutive days of employment.

2.    Does Paid Family Leave cost me anything?
New York’s Paid Family Leave is entirely employee-funded. That is, the benefit is paid for by employees. Beginning on July 1, 2017, you will see a payroll deduction to pay for your Paid Family Leave benefit. 

3.    Do I have to participate in the Paid Family Leave program?
Yes, Paid Family Leave is not optional for most employees.

4.    Will I be able to receive Paid Family Leave during my pregnancy?
Paid Family Leave only begins after birth. It is not available for pre-natal conditions.


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If you have questions about New York State’s Paid Family Leave Program, feel free to contact a Member of the HR Team at KEENA.

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