Paid Family Leave Helpline for assistance: (844) 337-6303.
Helpline is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Parents can take job-protected, paid time off to bond with their newborn within the first 12 months of their child’s birth.
Most employees who work in New York State for private employers are eligible to take Paid Family Leave. They must meet the minimum time worked requirements. See requirements below.
— Full-time employees: Employees who work a regular schedule of 20 or more hours per week are eligible after 26 consecutive weeks of employment.
— Part-time employees: Employees who work a regular schedule of less than 20 hours per week are eligible after working 175 days, which do not need to be consecutive. Employees with irregular schedules should look at their average schedule to determine if they work, on average, fewer than 20 hours per week.
— Citizenship and/or immigration status is not a factor in employee eligibility.
— Employees who work for public employers may be covered for Paid Family Leave if their employer has voluntarily opted in to provide the benefit. Union-represented public employees may be covered if the benefit has been negotiated through collective bargaining.
How to Apply (steps)
— Leave can be taken either all at once or intermittently, but must be taken in full-day increments.
— You must notify your employer at least 30 days before the start of leave if foreseeable; otherwise, notify your employer as soon as possible.
— Employees who hold more than one job may take Paid Family Leave from both jobs, but they must do so with both employers at the same time.
— Collect forms and documentation. Complete, attach and submit to the insurance carrier*.
*Find your employer’s insurance carrier visiting wcb.ny.gov/content/ebiz/icempcovsearch/icempcovsearch_overview.jsp. Otherwise, ask your supervisor or, if applicable, your employer’s Human Resources or payroll department.
For more information visit paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/bonding-leave-birth-child.
Updated on August 4, 2021