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PFL Update: 2020 Rate and Maximum Contribution

September 3, 2019

PFL Update

With the start of Fall just around the corner, we begin to look ahead to the 2020 calendar year and prepare for the changes to Paid Family Leave. 

On August 30, 2019, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) published the new premium rate for Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits for the calendar year 2020.  The maximum contribution rate will be set at 0.27% of the employee’s gross annualized wages capped at $72,860.84* (based on the new New York State Average Weekly Wage (NYSAWW) - learn more here); therefore, the 2020 maximum employee contribution will be $196.72 per employee.

This rate is reflective of the utilization of PFL along with the scheduled benefit increase which will be going into the 3rd year of the planned 4-year phase-in schedule.  The 2020 benefit duration remains the same at 10 weeks, while the maximum weekly benefit amount increases to $840.70 (60% of employee's average weekly wage (AWW) capped at 60% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage). 

Download a copy of the official announcement from New York State here.

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*NY Department of Labor releases the updated NYSAWW every March 31.

This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal counsel. Please consult with an appropriate professional for legal and compliance advice. Any PFL information is as of the blog post’s date stamp; it is based on the applicable statutes and regulation,  and may change as regulations evolve or NY State issues guidance regarding Paid Family Leave regulations. Have more questions? Email us at pflquestions@shelterpoint.com
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