Paid Family Leave

Shannon McMeel

Shannon McMeel

Shannon has been promoted to Benefits Department Manager. She has been with the Agency since 2013, focusing on TPA benefits and administration. She oversees a department that provides Health, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, DI, Life and PFL benefits to commercial clients, as well as TPA and FSA programs.

Group Benefits Department Manager
Schenectady, NY

(877) MERRIAM x 203
(877) 637-7426 x 203

Stephanie Galuski

Stephanie Galuski

Stephanie Galuski has been with us since October 2015, as Health & Benefits Senior Account Manager. She joined the Merriam Agency having been from Scherff Insurance Agency, which the Merriam Agency acquired in early October.

In 2007, she began working as an account manager, assisting groups with health, life, dental products and resolutions. She has also worked in Human Resources, dealing with employee benefits and payrolls for about 6 years.

Stephanie greatly enjoys the customer service aspect of her job duties; she likes to resolve issues which will hopefully be in her clients’ favor. She feels that timely communication is of utmost value to our clients and is tentative to their needs by responding back to them quickly, especially.

When she’s not working, you may find her at a sporting event that one of her daughters is participating in. She and her husband, their 3 daughters and their dog, enjoy the outdoors – especially in the warm weather. They reside in Waterford, NY.

Senior Account Manager

(877) MERRIAM x 217
(877) 637-7426 x 217


Amy Marlette

Amy is a licensed Life, Accident and Health broker working as the Health Benefits Account Executive for Merriam’s employee benefits insurance programs. Amy has extensive background in employee benefits administration including administration for two fortune 100 companies. Amy holds a BA in Political Science from Le Moyne College.

Health Benefits Account Executive

(877) MERRIAM x 205
(877) 637-7426 x 205


Starting January 1, 2018, Paid Family Leave will provide paid time off so an employee can:

  • 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 family member is deployed abroad on active military duty.

You can continue your health insurance while on leave and are guaranteed the same or a comparable job after your leave ends. If you contribute to the cost of your health insurance, you must continue to pay your portion of the premium cost while on Paid Family Leave.

Who is Eligible?

Full-time employees: If you work a regular work schedule of 20 or more hours per week, you are eligible after 26 consecutive weeks of employment.

Part-time employees: If you work a regular work schedule of less than 20 hours per week, you are eligible after working 175 days, which do not need to be consecutive.

You are eligible regardless of your citizenship and/or immigration status.


What is the Benefit?

50% of your average weekly wage, not to exceed 50% of the New York State average weekly wage, for a maximum of 8 weeks. However, the benefit is set to increase each year for the following three years, as follows:

  • 2019: 55% of average weekly wage for a maximum of 10 weeks
  • 2020: 60% of average weekly wage for a maximum of 10 weeks
  • 2021: 67% of average weekly wage for a maximum of 12 weeks


Payroll Deduction

The 2018 payroll contribution is 0.126% of your weekly wage, capped at 0.126% of the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). The SAWW for 2018 is $1,305.92. For 2018, this is a maximum of $1.65/week for employees earning at or above the NY’s AWW.


Opting Out

You can opt out of Paid Family Leave if you do not expect to work for your employer for the minimum amount of time required for eligibility. If you meet this criteria and wish to opt out, you can do so by completing a Paid Family Leave waiver. A waiver of family leave benefits may be filed when:

  • Your schedule is 20 hours or more per week, but you will not work 26 consecutive weeks; or
  • Your schedule is less than 20 hours per week and you will not work 175 days in a 52 consecutive week period.

Contact a Merriam Insurance expert today to learn more.