Paid Family Leave to Increase to 10 Weeks

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Eligible employees will be able to take 10 weeks of paid family leave in 2019, up from eight weeks this year, with the maximum rate of pay increasing to $746.41 a week, up from the current $652.96. Both rates of pay are based upon a maximum of 50 percent of average weekly pay.

On the flip side, employers will now be able to collect $107.64 annually from employees to help fund the program. The current contribution rate is $85.28 a year.

According to the New York Paid Fammily Leave Benefits Law (PFL), eligible employes may take leave with a new child, to care for a family member with a serious health condition or to assist family members deployed on active military duty.

Employees with a regular schedule of 20 or more hours per week are eligible for PFL after 26 weeks of employment, and employees with a regular schedule of less than 20 hours per week are eligible after 175 days worked.