Know Your Rights New York

What does the paid family leave law do?

The New York Paid Family Leave Law guarantees workers time off to bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children); care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, or grandparent); or address certain military family needs.

How much paid family leave can I take?
In 2019 and 2020, you can take up to ten weeks of family leave. In 2021, you will be able to take up to 12 weeks of leave.

How much of my paycheck can I get while I am on paid family leave?
In 2019 you can receive 55% of your average weekly pay, up to $746.41 per week. In following years, you’ll be eligible to receive a greater percentage of your pay while on leave.

Military Families

Is paid leave just for spouses?
No. You can take paid family leave in connection with your child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, or domestic partner’s deployment.

When can I take leave in connection with a deployment?
If a covered family member is on active duty abroad or has been notified of an impending call or order to active duty abroad in the Armed Forces (including National Guard and Reserves), you may be eligible for paid family leave.

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How do I know if I’m being paid less?

Ask a co-worker. Under New York law, your employer cannot prohibit you from openly discussing with or disclosing your salary to a co-worker or retaliate against you for sharing pay information with colleagues.

Notice if you’re missing out on a bonus or pay increase that your male colleagues receive.

Notice if you receive fewer benefits than male colleagues.

Notice if you’re being passed over for a promotion to a male colleague who is less qualified.

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