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New York

New York has had a long-standing disability benefit (that has not changed for many years) and rolled out their Paid Family Leave (PFL) program in 2018.

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New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits

What is the Update?

In 2022, employees will still receive up to 67% of their average weekly wage for 12 weeks. The maximum weekly benefit will increase, however, to $1,068.36 (previously $971.61).   

Employees’ contribution rate will remain 0.511%. The state average weekly wage was updated earlier this year (2021) to $1,594.57 which makes the taxable wage ceiling $82,917.64.  As a result, the maximum contribution per employee in 2022 will increase from $385.34 to $423.71. 

Handbook/Policy Updates

It is required that PFL information be included in your handbook. Therefore, we recommend you update your handbook with the changes in benefit rate and the maximum contribution per employee in 2022.

Notice Requirements

Larkin Action

The Larkin Company will be updating leave packets to include 2022 updates.

Further Company Considerations 

We recommend you confirm with your payroll team that they have updated your payroll system to collect the increased employee contributions which may result from the higher taxable wage ceiling in 2022. 

Ensure you are offsetting any salary continuation/company top-up pay aligned with the new benefit rate maximum, where applicable.  The Larkin Company will adjust offsets for any top-up (leave of absence pay) calculations, accordingly, if we handle these services for you.   

*Reminder: claims that start in 2021 will be awarded 2021 benefit rates. Claims that begin on or after January 1, 2022, will be eligible for the new maximum benefit rate. Exception: employees may be eligible for the increased maximum benefit rate if they experience a new qualifying event or if more than three months have passed since the last day of leave from their original Paid Family Leave claim.

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Updated: 12/10/21