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Paid Family Leave in New York State

What does the paid family leave law do?

The law guarantees workers paid, job-protected time off to care for a seriously ill or injured family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, or grandparent); bond with a new child; or address certain military family needs.

Who is covered by the paid family leave law?

Most people who work in New York State outside the government, either full-time or part-time, are covered, regardless of how many people work for their employer. The law applies regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

What kinds of health needs are covered under the law?

The law covers leave to care for a family member with a mental or physical illness, injury, condition, or disability that requires either in-patient treatment or ongoing supervision or treatment by a health care provider. An ordinary illness like the flu or a cold would not be covered.

What is the role of health care providers in paid family leave?

The special role of health care providers is to provide documentation of their patient’s serious health condition or document the arrival of a new child by filling out an insurance form for the worker seeking leave. Health care providers are also encouraged to provide patients with information about their rights and to refer them to our resources for additional information. For more information on the role of health care providers, see our Health Care Provider Guide.

What types of health care providers can provide certification for paid family leave?

Health care providers who can provide certification for paid family leave include physicians, physician assistants, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, registered professional nurses, podiatrists, optometrists, opticians, psychologists, clinical social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, midwifes, mental health practitioners, and public health professionals.

Where can I find out more?

For more information on the role of health care providers in paid family leave, see our Health Care Provider Guide.


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