Some states, such as Connecticut, provide for unpaid family and medical leave greater than that provided by federal FMLA. New York is about to join California in providing paid family leave.
Beginning on January 1, 2018, New York State will provide employee-funded paid family leave for qualifying employees. The New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFLBL) provides full and part-time private sector employees with job-protected paid leave in certain situations after having worked for the employer for a specified period of time. Paid family leave will be covered by an employer’s disability insurance policy, and the premium for this coverage will be paid through employee payroll deductions. Although not yet required, employers have been permitted to take such deductions since July 1, 2017.
On July 19, 2017, New York State adopted final regulations further implementing and clarifying the PFLBL.