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Paid Family Leave in NYS Now Includes Siblings

Paid Family Leave in NYS Now Includes Siblings

Effective January 1, 2023, Paid Family Leave in New York State includes care for siblings with a serious illness or medical condition.

In 2022, a new bill expanded the definition of “family member” for purposes of Paid Family Leave (PFL) to include siblings. Notably, this includes only siblings with a serious illness or medical condition, in contrast to less serious conditions like cold or fever, which are included for employees and their dependents. 

This follows 2022 amendments to the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law, which allow employees to take intermittent PFL days based on their average number of workdays per week. This was previously capped at 60 days, but now allows more days for employees who average at least five days a week.

For 2023, employees are eligible for PFL at 67% of their average weekly wage, up to a cap of $1,131.08 (67% of the NYS Average Weekly Wage). The maximum annual contribution is $399.43. 

For other recent labor & employment law changes, including sick leave, read our previous post.

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