The New York Paid Family Leave Benefit Law (PFL) became effective January 1, 2018 and it's time to prepare your business for the insurance
and operations ramifications. Unless your business is self-insured, employers must have both PFL and DBL benefits on the same insurance policy.
Every New York private sector business with a minimum of one employee (not counting the owner) must offer the Paid Family Leave Benefit.

The New York Paid Family Leave Benefit (PFL) subtracts directly from your employee's wages. The maximum amount deducted from your
employee's pay wages will be adjusted annually on September 1st. No deductions for PFL are taken from a businesses tax contributions.
The weekly contribution rate for New York Paid Family Leave is 0.126% of the employee's weekly wage (capped at New York State's current
average weekly wage of $1,305.92). Therefore, a maximum contribution of $1.65 per week per employee in 2018, regardless of age, gender, or
other factors.
A leave can be taken during the first 12-months after a child's birth to bond or during the first 12-months after adopting a child or becoming a foster
parent. Leave can be used when needed for providing care in person for physical or psychological care for a family member. A qualified military
leave event as defined by the FMLA is also covered by the New York Paid Family Leave Benefit Law.
(PFL) Qualified Family Members:
Spouse or Domestic Partner
Parent or Parent in law
Intermittent leave is available in separate blocks of time for a single period of leave. This allows you to take time off as needed to care for
a family member. The intermittent leave is considered in 1 day increments. Paid family leave requires that a doctor certify the need for
intermittent leave.
You must be employed for 26 weeks before you are eligible for New York paid family leave (175 days for a part-time employee).
I'm an employer. How early can I begin withholding for Paid Family Leave?

You can start as early as July 1, 2017. It's a good idea because it should reduce your cash flow impact. NY Paid Family Leave premiums need
to be paid together with DBL premiums. You can recoup the PFL portion gradually through payroll deduction over the course of the year.
Will all of my employees be required to contribute to Paid Family Leave?

Yes. New York Paid Family Leave is not optional for most employees. The exception is if they are in a job that will not allow them to attain
the 26 continuous weeks or 175 days needed to qualify for Paid Family Leave. A good example is a seasonal worker.
I'm an employee. Will my taking a paid family leave affect my other benefits?

NO. When returning from your paid family leave, you are entitled to return to your same or comparable position without loss of benefits you
would have accrued otherwise. Also, any employer paid health insurance you normally receive must be continued while you're on paid
family leave.
Paid Family Leave is not payable under the following circumstances:

Employee is not yet eligible for leave with their current employer
Employee is not employed or is on administrative leave
Employee is receiving NY State Disability benefits
Employee is receiving Total Disability work compensation benefits
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Taxation information for New York Paid Family Leave benefits and premium.
1. Benefits paid to employees will be taxable non-wage income that should be included in federal gross income
2. Taxes will not automatically be withheld from benefits
3. Employees can request voluntary tax withholding
4. Benefits should be reported by the State Insurance Fund on IRS Form 1099-G and by all other payers on IRS Form 1099-MISC
5. The premiums will be post-tax, which means deducted from an employee's after-tax wages
6. Employers should report employee contributions on IRS Form W-2 (Box 14: State disability insurance taxes withheld)