Beginning January 1st, 2018, New York state will roll out what will be at the time the most extensive Paid Family Leave law in the country. There are still provisions being added to the law that will likely change what will be required to display on the states’ labor poster. The New York State Paid Family Leave Law will be a mandatory posting requirement in 2018. Get All in One New York Labor Law Poster Now
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law in 2016, and while other states such as Washington will have an even more comprehensive plan, The New York State Paid Family Leave will be the first to be enact such a wide array of protections for New York state employees. The law is designed so families can bond with a new child, either a new baby or an adopted child, to help with familial burden when a family member is called to active military service, or to care for a family member with a severe health condition.
The full amount of paid family leave will be phased in slowly over the course of four years. Below is a chart with the allowed duration of paid leave that is scheduled to take place:
|Year||Weeks of paid leave|
Currently, the duration of paid leave varies among the states that have their own paid family leave laws. California and New Jersey allow up to six weeks, and Rhode Island allows four weeks respectively. The District of Columbia will allow between 2-6 weeks depending on what type of leave is being taken, although the DC paid family leave isn’t effective until July of 2020. Washington, will allow the most leave, but even though it has been enacted in 2017, the law won’t be effective until 2019.
The eligibility requirements for the New York paid family leave are as follows:
- Full-Time workers begin eligibility after working 26 consecutive work weeks
- Part-Time employees become entitled to leave after 175 days of work.
The payout of the benefits will be 50% off the employee’s average weekly salary. Employees are to use both the Family and Medical Leave (if eligible) at the same time as the New York Paid Family Leave.
Once the law becomes a New York State mandatory labor posting requirement in 2018, the New York Paid Sick Leave law will need to be displayed in a conspicuous location where the employees will be able to read it.