NEW YORK (WENY) - New York will soon have the country's most comprehensive paid family leave policy.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state's new paid family leave policy will take effect January 1st.
Parents during the first 12 months following the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, caretakers for a sick relative, and employees with a family member going on active military service abroad are all eligible for paid family leave under the new policy.
Full-time employees with a regular schedule of 20 or more hours a week will be eligible for Paid Family Leave after 26 consecutive weeks of employment. Part-time employees with a regular schedule of less than 20 hours a week can apply for Paid Family Leave after working 175 days for their employer.
The policy will be phased in over four years, starting in January. In 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks paid leave at 50% of their average weekly wage up to 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage. That increases to 12 weeks of paid leave in 2021 paid at 67% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage.
"Our strongest-in-the-nation Paid Family Leave policy will ensure that no one has to choose between losing a job and missing the birth of a child or being able to spend time with a loved one in their final days," Governor Cuomo said. "This will help improve the lives of workers across this great state and I am proud to enact this landmark legislation to help move New York forward."