Published December 14, 2017
The recently passed New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL) law presents some important changes for Research Foundation (RF) employees and their families. With the passing of the new law comes an important update on the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides job protection and income replacement to eligible employees who need to be away from work for the following reasons:
When possible, employees must provide 30 days notice when the leave is foreseeable. Private employers in New York state, including the Research Foundation (RF), are required to comply with the law.
The NYS Paid Family Leave law only affects state employees in the M/C Classified bargaining unit at this time (M/C Professionals are not affected).
The law is effective January 1, 2018. Eligible employees who experience a qualifying event can apply for benefits as of 1/1/18 even if the qualifying event began before the effective date of the law. For example, an employee who takes a qualifying leave to care for a seriously ill family member beginning December 27, 2017 through January 5, 2018 may apply for PFL benefits for the period January 1 through January 5. In addition, eligible employees can apply for leave to bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child as long as the birth or placement happened within 12 months of the effective date of the law.