Paid Family Leave

New York Paid Family Leave

As of 2018, New York state offers paid family leave benefits for eligible employees.  The purpose of the law is to provide employees with additional 10 weeks job-protected paid leave to bond with a child or care for a close loved one.  The New York Paid Family Benefits Law (“NYPFL”) is meant to lighten the financial stress on taking time off from work for family reasons, either to expand family or care for a loved one with a serious health condition.  

The Paid Family Leave attorneys at White, HIlferty & Albanese can protect your rights against Family Leave Retaliation, such as a demotion, termination, bad reviews, or any adverse action occurring after requesting time off.  


All full-time and part-time employees working for private employers in NY State are eligible paid family leave.  Employees who regularly work more than 20 hours per week (Full-Time) are eligible for Paid Family Leave after 26 weeks of employment.   Employees who regularly work less than 20 hours per week (Part-Time) are eligible after 175 days. 

Paid Family Leave provides employees with 10 weeks of job-protected time off, which means that your employer is required to keep your job and pay upon returning to work.  NY Paid Family Leave applies to same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples as well opposite-sex couples expecting a newborn, adopted child, or foster child.    

A “close family member” can be husband, wife, child, stepchild, grandparent, domestic partner,  grandparent, a person who you have legal custody, or a loved one you are responsible for in loco parentis.


Under Paid Family Leave in 2019,  employees may take up to 10 weeks of paid time off with 55% compensation of your average weekly wage.   In 2020 of NYPFL, employees are eligible to take up to 10 weeks paid time off with 60% compensation of a week’s average wage.  The final year of the PFL roll-out is 2021, when employees can take up to 12 weeks paid time off, with 67% compensation of a week’s average wage.  

Video FAQ: Employee eligibility, benefits, notice requirements and protections under New York Paid Family Leave in 2019. 


Paid Family Leave benefits are in addition from the federal unpaid benefits offered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but only applies for certain qualifying employees of covered employers.  For more information, see our detailed comparison of the FMLA vs. PFL.

Call a New York Employment Lawyer About a Paid Family Leave Violation or Retaliation at Work

If your employer refused to allow you to take time off, or retaliated against you for taking time off, call an  employment attorney who can guide you through your Paid Family Leave benefits, and protect against employer retaliation.  We are experienced in the particular arbitration system and its strict deadlines.  Schedule your free, confidential consultation by calling (646) 698-8990 or Contact Us online.