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New York has announced 2021 PFL Rate Increase


New York has announced 2021 PFL Rate Increase

As per the original legislation for the NYS Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, New York has announced a rate change and benefit increase for NYS PFL to go into effect January 1, 2021 to $.511First introduced in 2017 as a mandatory benefit written as a rider to statutory short-term disability in NY, Paid Family Leave in NY will be fully phased in by January 1, 2021. At that time, the benefit will provide 67% of an employee’s Average Weekly Wage (up to the NYS PFL maximum amount) for up to 12 weeks to:

  • Bond with a newborn, adopted or foster care child joining their family in the past 12 months
  •  Care for a seriously ill family member
  • Manage the home while a spouse is deployed

 The Department of Labor has calculated the New York State Average Weekly Wage (NYSAWW) to be $1,450.17 for 2021.
That means employees can collect up to $971.61 through NYS PFL benefits. This increase completes the phased introduction of the Paid Family Medical Leave in New York that took place over the past three years.

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