If you need to take time off from work to care for a family member, you may be entitled to Paid Family Leave benefits.
Paid Family Leave is employee-funded insurance that provides eligible employees job-protected, paid time off to:
- BOND with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child;
- CARE for a family member with a serious health condition (see PaidFamilyLeave.ny.gov for eligible family members); or
- ASSIST loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.
Paid Family Leave may also be available for use in situations when you or your minor dependent child are under an order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. See PaidFamilyLeave.ny.gov/COVID19 for full details.
Who Can Request PFL?
Generally, employees who:
- Work for a private employer in New York State or a public employer who has opted in.
- Meet the time-worked requirements: Full-time (regularly work 20 or more hours/week), after 26 consecutive weeks of employment. Part-time (regularly work fewer than 20 hours/week), after 175 working days.
- 67% Wage Benefits: Receive 67% of your average weekly wage, up to a cap.
- Up to 12 Weeks of Leave: Can be taken all at once or in full-day increments.
- Strong Rights and Protections
- Job protection: Return to the same or comparable job after you take leave.
- You keep your health insurance while on leave (you may have to continue paying your portion of the premium costs, if any).
- Your employer is prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against you for requesting or taking Paid Family Leave.
How to Request PFL
- Give 30 days’ notice to your employer, if foreseeable.
- Complete request forms and submit to your employer’s insurance carrier.
- Carrier pays or denies benefits within 18 days of receiving your completed request.
Visit the website for more information and to download PFL request forms.
Call the toll-free PFL Helpline
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.