Employee FAQs
Frequently Asked New York Paid Family Leave Questions
What's the short explanation for NY Paid Family Leave?

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 Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is also covered by the New York Paid Family Leave Benefit Law.

Qualified family members:
Spouse or Domestic Partner
Child
Parent or Parent in law
Grandparent
Grandchild

The New York Paid Family Leave Benefit (PFL) subtracts directly from your wages. The maximum amount deducted from your wages will be
adjusted annually on September 1st.
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.
Does all leave have to be taken at one time?

NO. 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.
Am I required to contribute to the Paid Family Leave at my work?

Yes. New York Paid Family Leave is not optional for most employees. The exception is if you are in a job that will not allow you to attain the
26 continuous weeks or 175 days needed to qualify for Paid Family Leave. A good example is a seasonal worker.
Is there a waiting period for receiving PFL payments?

NO. Paid family leave claims will be verified via a claim form and follow a similar process to the Disability Benefits Law (DBL).
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 PFL.
How much notice am I required to give before starting my paid family leave?

You should provide a 30-days notice of intent to take paid family leave, but that's not required. Discuss with your employer.
You must be employed for 26 weeks before you are eligible for New York paid family leave (175 days for a part-time employee)
Can I collect vacation pay and paid family leave benefits simultaneously.

NO
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When Is Paid Family Leave Not Payable?

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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I am an undocumented illegal alien worker. Can I get Paid Family Leave?

Yes. Your immigration status has no impact on your New York Paid Family Leave eligibility.