Paid Family Leave -
New York State Employees
Beginning January 1, 2018, New York State's Paid Family Leave program will provide paid time off so an employee can bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child; care for a close family member with a serious health condition; or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military duty.
The Paid Family Leave benefit will be available beginning January 1, 2018 for New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) employees. State employees in the Executive Branch who are represented by a union will have access to Paid Family Leave when the State and their respective union reach an agreement to provide the benefit to its members.
New York State employees must be employed full-time (20 or more hours per week) for 26 consecutive weeks or part-time (less than 20 hours per week) and have worked for 175 days to be eligible for Paid Family Leave.
For additional information on eligibility criteria, please click here.
Paid Family Leave will be phased in over four years, beginning January 1, 2018.
In 2018, an employee may take up to eight weeks of paid leave at 50% of the employee's Average Weekly Wage (AWW), up to 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). The annual maximum increases to 12 weeks of paid leave in 2021, paid at 67% of the employee's average weekly wage, up to 67% of the SAWW.
Your AWW is calculated by averaging your gross wages from the eight weeks before your leave starts. The SAWW is updated annually and is available here. It is currently $1305.92.
For example, in 2018, an employee who makes $1,000 per week would receive a benefit of $500 per week (50% of $1,000). An employee who makes $2,000 a week would receive a benefit of $652.96 per week, because the benefit is capped at one-half of the SAWW.
Payroll Deductions for Paid Family Leave
New York's Paid Family Leave Program is employee-funded. Payroll deductions for Paid Family Leave will begin no sooner than January 1, 2018 for M/C employees. The 2018 Paid Family Leave deduction is 0.126 percent of an employee's weekly wage, capped at the SAWW.
Apply for Paid Family Leave Benefits
Employees who wish to utilize Paid Family Leave benefits must notify their agency personnel administrators 30 days in advance (if practical) and initiate a request in accordance with instructions provided by their State agency human resources office.