NY Paid Family Leave Amendments for 2022

Changes in Paid Family Leaves

NY Paid Family Leave laws changed as of January 1, 2022 based on amendments adopted by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.

Intermittent Paid Family Leave Days

The Board clarified that family leave days taken intermittently must correlate to the weekly average number of days the employee works. When the law originally went into effect, it capped Paid Family Leave (PFL) days at 60 days. The amendment removes the 60-day cap. It now allows workers to take additional PFL days intermittently, if the employee works more than an average of five days per week.

Siblings Included as Family Members

In addition, PFL initially applied to family members for bonding with a new child, caring for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, spouse or domestic partner). It also covered assistance when an active military member is deployed. The amendment expanded the definition of family member to include siblings (effective January 1, 2023). This means a family member can go on PFL to attend to a sibling with a serious medical condition or illness.

The maximum weekly PFL benefit increased to $1,068.36. This is an increase of around 10% from 2021. In addition, the maximum annual 2022 payroll contribution increased to $423.71. Employers should ensure they have adjusted their payroll contributions accordingly.

(Updates reference: JD Supra)

Seek legal counsel for NY Paid Family Leaves

As an employer, even though you’re busy with every day business matters, staying up-to-date with legal changes is vital. An experienced lawyer can help you to stay apprised of compliance issues.

If you have questions or concerns, consult with our attorneys at Stephen D. Hans & Associates, P.C. We are glad to provide you with experienced legal guidance. Call (718) 275-6500 to arrange an appointment.

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