While there is no federal requirement for Paid Family Leave in the United States, New York state supports families through the New York Paid Family Leave Act. This law currently provides up to 8 weeks of paid financial leave (up to 12 weeks in 2021) for circumstances such as the addition of a new child, caring for a family member with a serious medical condition, and focusing on the needs of a family member in active military service.
What Does the New York Paid Family Leave Cover?
- Adoption - Bonding Leave allows parents time with their newly adopted child
- Military Service - for assisting loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad
- Maternity Leave and Paternity Leave - for allowing parents time with their new child
- Foster Care - includes bonding leave for new foster parent relationships
- Family Care - for taking care of a seriously ill family member
Who is Eligible?
Anyone who’s an employee in the State of New York (subject to the Eligibility Requirements below).
Additionally, relationships covered by the policy include:
- Biological mother and father
- Domestic partner of birth mother
- Spouse of birth mother
- Adoptive parent
- Foster parent
- Legal guardian
- Loco parentis (court-ordered assumption of responsibility as a parent)
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
Each circumstance is dependent on its own eligibility requirement, with Bonding Coverage dependent on individual circumstances including a birth, adoption, or foster care event. All New York employers are required to provide this benefit to full-time employees (20 or more hours per week) after working 26 weeks and to all other employees after the 175th day of employment. Workers taking family leave are entitled to the same position or equivalent and can also use PTO and vacation time if they wish-but, they certainly don’t have to.
How Do I Get Benefits?
If you live in New York and you know the event is coming, your employer needs to be notified no less than 30 days before the leave starts, or as soon as possible in events where the advance notice is not an option. Employees can collect their benefits on their first day of leave, so businesses can rest assured their employees are taken care of, whether it's for maternity leave, paternity leave, family leave or caregiver leave.
AmVenture currently offers disability coverage to businesses in compliance with the Paid Family Leave requirements. We can help support you with compliant products and make sure you’re covered. We’re here to help, so you can spend your time on more important things.