Here are some reminders and important insights pertaining to legislative changes over the last few years regarding state level Paid Family Leave which is in addition to the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Effective January 1, 2018, Paid Family Leave became a mandated benefit for employees who live and work in New York State even if the employer is not located or headquartered in New York.
This New York State law is extremely punitive for non-compliance. Unfortunately, national employers are finding out about this law when they receive a penalty notice from the State of New York. One such company received a penalty of $16,000 because New York was not specifically named on their national Workers' Compensation insurance plan even though the New York employee and resident was covered by the plan.
Additionally, the New York Family Leave Plan includes Disability Paid Time Off coverage. It's important to note that even though this company carries an employer paid Short and Long Term Disability plan for their employees, it does not meet the requirements of the New York law.
Beginning January 1, 2019, there were five more changes to the New York Paid Family Leave program. Read more here...
Massachusetts will become the next state to mandate paid family and medical leave for its workforce starting January 1, 2021. If you have employees in Massachusetts, please read more here...
For further reading, please see these articles:
- N.Y.’s Paid Family Leave Affects Out-of-State Employers
- Crossing State Lines: When Does New York Paid Family Leave Apply?
- State Family and Medical Leave Laws Summary
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