In 2016, New York enacted the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy so working families would not have to choose between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.
In November 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation to further strengthen Paid Family Leave by expanding family care to cover siblings, effective January 1, 2023.
Paid Family Leave provides eligible employees job-protected, paid time off to:
Bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child,
Care for a family member with a serious health condition, or
Assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.
Paid Family Leave may also be available in some situations when an employee or their minor, dependent child is under an order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
Paid Family Leave also provides:
Job protection • Continued health insurance • Protection from discrimination or retaliation