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October 27, 2017

New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Releases Paid Family Leave Claim Forms

On October 17, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (“WCB”) issued Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) claim forms for use by eligible employees starting January 1, 2018.  As of that date, the PFL will allow eligible employees to receive paid leave in certain circumstances, including bonding with a new child, caring for a family member with a serious health condition, or relieving family pressure when someone is called to active military service.

Paid Family Leave Forms

The WCB released separate forms for each type of leave as well as an opt-out form:

Paid Family Leave

For more information on Paid Family Leave Law, see our previous alerts:

 

Takeaway for Employers

Pursuant to the PFLL, private employers must provide paid family leave benefits to their employees through a paid family leave insurance policy or self-insurance.  The premiums for these policies will be funded by employee payroll deductions.  Although the forms are now available, and employers could have begun making deductions as early as July 1, 2017, employees seeking leave may only do so effective January 1, 2018.

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If you have any questions about New York’s Paid Family Leave Law, please do not hesitate to contact us.