NYS Paid Family Leave Law Affects Research Foundation Employees

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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).

Overview of NYS Paid Family Leave

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:

  • to take care of a seriously ill family member (spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, parent‐in law, grandparent, grandchild);
  • to bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child in the first 12 months after birth or placement;
  • or to attend to family issues related to a qualifying military deployment.

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.


  • RF employees who work 20 or more hours per week are eligible for coverage after 26 consecutive weeks of employment.
  • RF employees who work less than 20 hours per week are eligible after completing 175 days worked.
  • Employees must work in New York State to be eligible for this benefit.
Does This Affect State Employees?

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).

Effective Date

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.

Contact an Expert

Zachary Jenney.

Zachary Jenney

RF Benefit Services

Phone: 716-645-4439

Email: zjenney@buffalo.edu