New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefit Phase In Continues on January 1, 2020 with 10 Weeks

The New York State Paid Family Leave Law which took effect on January 1, 2018 continues its four year phase-in of full benefits. As of January 1, 2020, eligible workers in New York can take up to 10 weeks of paid leave off with a maximum weekly benefit of $840.70 which is now at 60% of the state’s average weekly wage. The phase in will be complete on January 1, 2021 when workers will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave at 67% of the state’s weekly wage. This year, eligible farm laborers are now eligible for the program which is paid with a small payroll tax into the state’s disability system. Paid leave is available for those caring for a newborn, caring for an ill relative or caring needs related to a military deployment.

Here is more information with a link to the New York State press release

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I have been a senior advocate for most of my career. I was Executive Director of the New York StateWide Senior Action Council and the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans. In 2007-2010 I was the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging

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