Most private employers and employees in New York will be covered by the PFLBL, effective January 1, 2018. Paid family leave benefits will be phased in over 4 years and employees may take benefits in weekly or daily increments. Employees can use PFLBL benefits to care for a new child, close relative with a serious health condition or take time off in connection with a family member’s active military service.
PFLBL benefits will be funded by employee contributions that may begin as early as July 1, 2017 but are not mandatory until January 1, 2018.
As the employer, you will need to withhold contributions towards insurance premiums from employees’ paychecks on January 1, 2018 (withholding will be permitted as early as July 1, 2017). Employers may also want to track the amount of leave taken by employees responsible for determining employee eligibility. The state also requires employers to report employee contributions on Form W-2 using Box 14.
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