What Can PFL Be Used For?

There are 3 main ways you can use PFL, called qualifying events:

  1. Providing care for a family member with a serious health condition
  2. Bonding with a new child after birth, adoption, or welcoming a foster child into your home
  3. Military exigencies related to a family member being called to active service


PFL Benefits Roll-out Plan 

PFL benefits will be phased in between 2018 and 2021 as follows:


Benefit Stage Effective Date*

Maximum Length of Paid Leave**

Maximum Benefit Amount***

Payable % of Employee’s Average Weekly Wage (AWW)

To the Maximum % of NY Average Weekly Wage

$ Max based on current NYSAWW  of $1,305.92***


8 weeks





10 weeks





10 weeks





12 weeks





This chart is for leave taken in weekly increments. Leave taken in daily increments is based on the average number of days worked per week during the last 8 weeks before taking leave.

The benefit amount that is in effect at the time leave begins applies to the full duration of the paid leave for that event, even if a new calendar year with an increased benefit level falls within that period.


Learn how to calculate your benefits for 2018.

*While this the anticipated phase-in schedule, New York State may delay implementation at its discretion.
** Total for all qualifying events per 52-week period from the first day of paid leave (and regardless of requalifying at a new employer during that period).
***NY Department of Labor releases the updated NYSAWW every March 31.


What does PFL cost?

The 2018 maximum contribution rate for Paid Family Leave is 0.126% of the employee’s annualized wages capped at the annualized New York State Average Weekly Wage (NYSAWW) of $67,907.84 per year;*  which means the maximum annual premium to be charged to an employee for Paid Family Leave is $85.56 per year.

As PFL is a rider to DBL, the premium gets billed together — and will need to be paid together. Your clients must pay the premium for their entire group, whether they withhold from employees or not. Employers that take contributions cannot take retroactive deductions, or collect more than the allowable maximum contribution for Paid Family Leave.


Learn the required way NY PFL should be withheld from employees.



More NY Paid Family Leave Resources

ShelterPoint will keep you in-the-know on the latest news, regulations, and updates as Paid Family Leave continues to roll out between now and 2021. We have the tools, information, and tips to keep you compliant with all the changes to Paid Family Leave.

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