Paid Family Leave provides both time off and wage replacement benefits, which phase in over a four-year period through 2021. The wage benefit is a percentage of your average weekly wage (AWW), capped at the same percentage of the Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). Generally, your AWW is the average of your last eight weeks of wages prior to taking PFL, including bonuses and commissions. The SAWW is updated annually.
If your average weekly wage is more than $100, the minimum benefit amount is $100. If your average weekly wage is less than $100, you will receive your full wages during a period of PFL. For example, if your average weekly wage is $150, your PFL benefit rate would be $100. If your average weekly wage is $40, your PFL benefit rate would be $40.
|2018||8 weeks||50% of employee's AWW, up to 50% of SAWW|
|2019||10 weeks||55% of employee's AWW, up to 55% of SAWW|
|2020||10 weeks||60% of employee's AWW, up to 60% of SAWW|
|2021||12 weeks||67% of employee's AWW, up to 67% of SAWW|
In most cases, the insurance carrier will pay benefits or deny your claim within 18 days of receiving your completed request or your first day of leave, whichever is later. After the initial payment, payments are made biweekly. Your insurance carrier may provide options for how you will be paid, for example, via direct deposit, debit card or paper check.
Note: Pursuant to the Department of Tax Notice No. N-17-12 [PDF], Paid Family Leave benefits are taxable. Taxes will not automatically be withheld from benefits, but employees can request voluntary tax withholding. Questions related to the taxability of Paid Family Leave contributions should be referred to the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.