Are you a New York worker expecting a new child in 2017? If so, you may be eligible to take up to 8 weeks of paid family leave to bond with your new child when benefits begin in January 2018.
New York’s new paid family leave law will give most people who work in New York State the right to take paid time off, without risking their job or their health insurance, when a new child joins their family. All types of parents of any gender can take bonding leave, including foster and adoptive parents, LGBTQ parents, and other moms and dads. You can take this leave at any point within 12 months of your child’s birth or placement for adoption or foster care. Parents who welcome a new child in 2017 will still be able to take paid leave when benefits begin in January 2018, so long as they take leave within 12 months of that child’s birth or placement.
This blog post is part of an on-going series of know-your-rights information on New York’s paid family leave law. This post does not address all aspects of the law and does not constitute legal advice.