New York State Paid Family Leave Report 2018 – 2021

On January 1, 2018, New York State launched its Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. Currently, PFL covers about 7.5 million working New Yorkers with job-protected, paid time off to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child, to care for a family member with a serious health condition, to assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service, or when an employee or their minor dependent child are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. Generally, the PFL benefits are provided through insurance policies written as riders to short-term disability.

As of January 1, 2021, 25 insurance carriers are approved to issue PFL policy riders. Seven of those insurance carriers also have an approved standalone PFL policy. PFL insurance carriers submit data five times per year, once for each quarter and a final annualized submission for the year that includes two months of run out into the subsequent year. The data in this report is collected by PFL insurance carriers from the Request for Paid Family Leave (Form PFL-1), which is completed by the employee requesting leave.

The data in this report is based on the annualized submissions only. The data in this report does not include claims by employees of self-insured employers or claims related to COVID-19. For reporting purposes, DFS has cleaned and standardized the data where applicable. Obvious erroneous values have been amended or removed. Certain values, including race and ethnicity, are optional for employees to complete; values not submitted by the carriers are denoted as “missing” in the report. A small percentage of run out may come in after the two-month period, these claims, amounts, and durations are not included in this report. Covered Workers was calculated using premium per worker per week statistics.

DFS supervises and regulates all PFL insurance carriers. In addition to reviewing and approving policies, DFS mandates reporting from insurance carriers, manages risk adjustment, and sets the PFL contribution rate each September. In collaboration with DFS, the Workers’ Compensation Board is responsible for approving self-insured employers, PFL-related regulations, PFL outreach and communications, enforcement and compliance, PFL discrimination, no insurance cases, website content and publications, call center and customer service.

Year

Max Duration

% of Wages

Maximum Weekly Benefit

2018

8 weeks

50%

$653

2019

10 weeks

55%

$746

2020

10 weeks

60%

$841

2021

12 weeks

67%

$972

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