Family Leave Works New York
Paid Family Leave in New York State
What does the paid family leave law do?
The law guarantees moms and dads time off to bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children); care for a seriously ill family member; or address certain military family needs.
Am I covered?
If you’re employed outside the government in New York State, either full-time or part-time, you’re probably covered under the law, regardless of how many people work for your employer. The law applies regardless of immigration or citizenship status.
When can I take bonding leave?
You have the right to take bonding leave at any point within the first 12 months following a child’s birth or placement for adoption or foster care. If a child has two parents, each parent (of any gender) has the right to up to twelve weeks of paid family leave.
How much paid family leave can I take?
You can take up to twelve weeks of family leave.
How much of my paycheck can I get while I am on paid family leave?
You can receive 67% of your average weekly pay, up to a cap. In 2022, the cap is $1,068.36 per week. In 2023, the cap is $1,131.08 per week.
Will my job be protected while I am on leave?
Yes. You have the right to return to work. If you receive coverage through your employer, you also have the right to keep your healthcare coverage under its current conditions.
When can I begin taking paid family leave?
You can start receiving benefits six months after your start date. If you work less than 20 hours per week, you may need to work for slightly longer (175 days) to qualify.
Who pays for paid family leave?
Workers pay for paid family leave through small payroll deductions. For 2022, these deductions will be no more than an average of $8.15 per week, and many workers will pay less than that. For 2023, these deductions will be no more than an average of $7.68 per week, and many workers will pay less than that.
Do I have any other rights?
You may also have rights related to your family needs under other laws. You can find out more about these rights here. You may also have additional rights connected to pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, which you can learn more about here.
For a guide to walk you through your New York workplace rights and options during and after pregnancy, visit “Pregnant in New York? A Guide to Your Workplace Rights During and After Pregnancy”