• Albany Update: 3/22/2017

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    March 22, 2017
    Long Island Association – Albany Update
    A Primer on New York’s Paid Family Leave Law
    Governor Cuomo recently announced that the state has filed regulations for the implementation of New York’s paid family leave program. The new regulations provide guidance to employers, insurance carriers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under the law.
    As the leading advocate for Long Island’s business community, we want to make sure that you know your rights and responsibilities pursuant to the law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Quick Facts:
    • New York’s Paid Family Leave Law will provide for 12 weeks of paid leave when fully phased-in for employees who seek to take care for a new child, a close relative with a serious health condition or relieve the pressures created when a family member is called to active military service.
    • The Governor launched a new helpline (844) 337-6303 and a new websitewww.ny.gov/paidfamilyleave - to answer questions and provide New Yorkers with more information about the new program.
    • The state also issued a Request for Information to solicit information from potential vendors and develop a leave plan for state employees.
    • The new policy will be phased in over a four-year period, beginning on January 1, 2018.
    • To be eligible for paid family leave, employees must have been employed full-time for 26 weeks or part-time for 175 days by a covered employer, at the time they apply for benefits.
    • The program is included under an employer’s disability policy that all private employers must carry, and will be fully funded by employees through payroll deductions—beginning in July 2017.
    • The program is mandatory for all private employers, and public employers may opt-in to the program.
    Phase-In Schedule:
    • The new policy will be phased in over four years, beginning January 1, 2018.  A chart detailing the phase-in schedule during the four-year period is below:
    Year Max # of Weeks
    (in 52-week period)
    Percentage of Employee Salary Cap Percent of the State Average Weekly Wage
    1/1/2018 8 50% 50%
    1/1/2019 10 55% 55%
    1/1/2020 10 60% 60%
    1/1/2021 12 67% 67%
    • When fully phased-in, employees will be eligible to receive 67 percent of their salary during their 12 weeks of leave. If their weekly earnings are greater than the state average weekly wage, their earnings during their leave period will be capped at 67 percent of the state average weekly wage level.
    Matthew Cohen, Vice President
    (631) 493-3000
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