Paid Family Leave


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.

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