Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

N E W S L E T T E R O F T H E R E N S S E L A E R C O U N T Y R E G I O N A L C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E FEB 2017 (Click to download PDF Copy)

Michael E. Ginsberg, Esq. is the Managing Partner of the law firm Pattison Sampson Ginsberg & Griffin P.C. which has provided cost effective, quality representation since 1813. He serves as external and chief litigation counsel to RPI and has been its’ Acting General Counsel. He is a member of the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under Forty. His areas of practice include business and commercial law, employment matters, civil litigation, higher education law and estate planning.

Q. What is New York’s new Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFLBL)?
A. A series of amendments to the Worker’s Compensation laws designed to provide the Nation’s strongest family leave policy to NYS workers. It provides 12 weeks of paid family leave when caring for an infant, family member with a serious health condition or where a family member is called to active military duty. It may be taken intermittently. Unlike the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which only applies to employers with 50 or more employees New York’s PFLBL applies to all employees in NYS who work 26 or more consecutive weeks for an employer.

The benefits are to be funded by a small payroll deduction which in theory should not cause additional cost to the employer.
Implementation is to begin on Jan. 1, 2018 when employees may receive up to eight (8) weeks of paid benefits at 50% of their average weekly wage, not to exceed 50% of the NYS average weekly wage. Benefits will increase annually until January 1, 2021, when employees may receive up to 12 weeks paid leave up to 67% of the NYS average weekly wage.

Q. What is the schedule for NYS minimum wage increases in the Capital District?
A. This schedule is for all workforce sizes.
December 31, 2016 $9.70
December 31, 2017 $10.40
December 31, 2018 $11.10
December 31, 2019 $11.80
December 31, 2020 $12.50
TBD $15.00

This information is not a substitute for advice from independent legal counsel and does not create a lawyer client relationship. You should not act upon such information without first seeking advice from your attorney. In the State of New York attorneys are not permitted to hold themselves out as experts and no such representation is being made herein.

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