Overview of Changes to the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefit for 2020:
For the third year of New York State’s Paid Family Leave, benefits have been significantly enhanced beginning January 2020.
More covered employees.
Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation to expand access to Paid Family Leave to workers who provide farm labor in New York. As of January 1, 2020, eligible farm laborers will be covered for Paid Family Leave. For more information about expanded protections for farm laborers, please see our Toolkit for Farm Employers, Owners and Operators.
Increase in the Number of Weeks.
The number of weeks employees can take will continue to rise through 2021, at which time employees will be able to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, paid time off to be there for family when they are most needed.
Wage Benefit Increase.
The Paid Family Leave wage replacement benefit is increasing. In 2020, employees taking Paid Family Leave will receive 60% of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of 60% of the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage of $1,401.17. The maximum weekly benefit for 2020 is $840.70.
New York Paid Family Leave guarantees that:
- Employees have job protection, ensuring they can return to the same job (or a comparable one) when they return from Paid Family Leave.
- Employees can keep their health insurance while on leave on the same terms they had while working.
- Employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against employees for requesting or taking Paid Family Leave.
- Citizenship is never a factor in eligibility for New York Paid Family Leave.
Fully-funded by employees.
New York Paid Family Leave is insurance that may be funded by employees through payroll deductions. In 2020, the contribution is 0.270% of an employee’s gross wages each pay period. The maximum annual contribution is $196.72.
Employees earning less than the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage of $1,401.17 will contribute less than the annual cap of $196.72, consistent with their actual wages.
- Employees earning $519 a week ($27,000 a year) will pay about $1.40 per week: $519 x 0.270%.
- Employees earning $1,000 a week ($52,000 a year) will pay $2.70 per week: $1,000 x 0.270%.
- Employees earning the SAWW of $1,401.17 ($72,860.84 a year) or more will pay 0.270% x their gross wages each pay period until they reach the maximum of $196.7.
For more information, visit: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/2020