New Paid Family Leave Laws

New York Paid Family Leave Becomes Law

San Francisco Ordinance Mandates 6 Weeks of Full Pay for New Parents          
New York employees will soon be able to take up to 12 weeks of paid family leave.  On April 4, 2016, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed Assembly Bill A3870A into law.  The New York law allows workers who have worked 26 weeks for an employer to take 12 partially paid weeks to care for a family member with a serious health condition, to bond with a new child, or because of a qualifying exigency for a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent called into active duty in the US Armed Forces.  The benefit will be phased in from 2018 to 2021.  In 2018, employees will be entitled to 8 weeks of leave paid at 50% of an employee’s average weekly wage, capped at 50% of the statewide average weekly wage.   By January 1, 2021, employees will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave at 67% of an employee’s average weekly wage capped at 67% of the statewide average weekly wage. The benefit will be funded by workers through payroll deduction.   New York joins California, New Jersey and Rhode Island as the fourth state to provide paid family leave.

On April 5, 2016 in a unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco became the first municipality to mandate that employers with 20 or more employees offer full pay for new parents. Under the new Paid Parental Leave for Bonding With a New Child, San Francisco employers will be required to pay employees the difference between their regular pay and the California Paid Family Leave benefit.  The ordinance will go into effect January 1, 2017 for employers with 50 or more employees and will be gradually phased in for smaller businesses.

The Larkin Company will reach out to clients for whom we administer a voluntary plan to assist them in planning.