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30 Oct

October 2020 New York HR Legal Updates

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New York Paid Family Leave Benefits to Increase

What happened?
Benefits for New York State’s Paid Family Medical leave policy will increase starting January 1, 2021.

What are the details?
Starting 2021, qualifying employees will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of job protected paid time off, up from the 10 weeks currently provided.

Employees may use the leave for the following reasons:

  • Bonding with a new child
  • Caring for a family member’s health condition
  • Assisting family with a military servicemember who is deployed overseas

Additionally, in the spring of 2020, the law was amended to cover COVID-related uses. Finally, the cap on the weekly benefit amount will be raised as well to 67% of their average weekly wage, up to $1,450.17.

An article covering these changes and going over New York Paid Family Leave generally can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
New York employers should start looking to update their paid family leave policies in their handbooks. Training may be needed for supervisors and management to ensure proper administration.


New York Issues First Set of Guidance on Statewide Sick Leave Program

What happened?
New York state has updated its website to include guidance on the newly effective paid sick leave program. The guidance includes additional information and an official FAQ.

What are the details?
New York’s paid sick leave started accruing for employees on September 30, 2020. However, they are not eligible to use this paid sick leave until January 1, 2021. New York has finally updated their website to provide additional information to employers, who have up until now only had the legislation to go off of on how to proceed.

The information may be found on the state’s website here.

The very informative FAQ can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
It is highly encouraged for New York employers to review the above links. New York’s sick leave will impact every business operating within the state. Employers should contact their Client Relations Specialist if they would like to make the first steps to setting up a compliant paid sick leave plan.