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28 Dec

December 2021: New York Family Leave Act to Include Siblings

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of New York

What happened?
On November 1, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law Senate Bill S2928A (SB S2928A), amending the New York Paid Family Leave Law (NYPFLL).

What are the details?
In effect since 2018, the NYPFLL is employee-paid insurance that provides workers with job-protected, paid time off to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child; care for a family member with a serious health condition (which may include severe cases of COVID-19), or assist loved ones when a member of the family is deployed abroad on active military service.

Currently, the NYPFLL defines “covered family members” to include an employee’s spouse or domestic partner, child (including a biological, adopted or foster child, step-child or child of a domestic partner, legal ward, or one to whom the employee stands in loco parentis), parent (including a biological, adoptive or foster parent, step-parent, legal guardian, or one who stood in loco parentis to the employee as a child), parent-in-law, grandparent and grandchild. 

Effective January 1, 2023, the amendment will expand this definition to include an employee’s biological, adopted, step, and half-sibling(s).

For more information, please see the links below:

Senate Bill S2928A


Article 1Article 2

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above and put in place reminders as we get closer to the year 2023.

Vensure will provide another update or reminder in the future.