New York Paid Family Leave (PFL)
Originally introduced in January 2018, and updated in 2021, New York’s state's Paid Family Leave (PFL) program provides workers with job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is deployed abroad on active military service. PFL is part of your NYSIF disability benefits (DB) policy, but does not replace DB coverage. Some employees may be eligible for both PFL and DB, although they may not be taken simultaneously. Employers must inform their employees of all available benefits. Starting January 1, 2021, the number of weeks eligible employees can take to bond with a new child, care for a sick family member, or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service increases to 12 weeks. Employees with a regular work schedule of 20 or more hours per week are eligible after 26 weeks of employment. Employees with a regular work schedule of less than 20 hours per week are eligible after 175 days worked. Note that the PFL does not provide for the payment of medical expenses.
Two River Benefits offers NY employers the opportunity to reduce their DBL/PFL spend by bundling both programs together in a private plan increasing efficiency and resulting in faster claims payments. Contact a Two River Benefit Disability Specialist for a free quote or to learn more about our program.
Click here to download the NY DBL/PFL claim form for ARCH, Shelterpoint