New York Enacts Paid Family Leave Law

New York State is now the gold standard when it comes to paid family and medical leave for employees, thanks to a law signed on Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

In less than two years , employees in New York State will be eligible for guaranteed paid family and medical leave under a new law signed this week. And by 2021, that entitlement will stretch to 12 full weeks.

New parents can use the leave to care for their children and leave can also be used by those who need to take care of a family member with a serious medical condition or to handle responsibilities if someone is called to active military service.

The time off will be funded by a small weekly payroll tax of about $1 per employee

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, workers can get up to eight weeks off, at 50 percent of their weekly pay — to a maximum of about $630, which is half of the average weekly pay in the state. By 2021, they’ll be able to get the full 12 weeks at two-thirds pay, as long as they have worked for their employer for at least six months.

All new parents are eligible—men, women, adoptive parents, foster parents.

Employees will pay a payroll tax of roughly $1 per week to fund the benefit.

At 12 weeks of guaranteed paid leave, this law is the most generous state law in the country on the books right now.

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