New York State Paid Family Leave Update
New York State will see updates to its paid family leave (PFL) program in 2023.
The changes include an expanded definition of covered family member, an increase to maximum weekly benefits and a decrease in the employee contribution rate.
The updates to New York go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.
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New York State Paid Family Leave
As a reminder, New York’s paid family leave program provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of job-protected paid time off to:
- Bond with a new child
- Care for a family member with a serious health condition
- Assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service
Paid leave can also be available in certain situations when an employee or their minor, dependent child is under an order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
The paid leave time can be taken all at once or in increments of full days.
Under the first change for 2023, a covered family member will add siblings, which includes biological or adopted siblings, half-siblings and step-siblings. Other covered family members include:
- Domestic partner
Next, employees using paid family leave in New York will receive 67 percent of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of 67 percent of the New York State average weekly wage.
For 2023, the New York State average weekly wage is $1,688.19, which means the maximum weekly benefit is $1,131.08. (That figure is $62.72 more than the maximum weekly benefit for 2022.)
The weekly paid family benefit for employees in New York is capped at $1,131.08.
State officials provided examples for employers: