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New York’s Paid Family Leave: Which Employees Benefit?

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New York’s Paid Family Leave is right around the corner. Here’s some guidance on which employees are covered.

Do all employees benefit?  No, not all.  But most will.

Any employee who works more than 26 consecutive weeks for an employer is going to be covered under the new law.  But there’s no threshold number of hours worked in order to qualify.  Stated differently, this means that regularly-employed, part-time workers are covered under the statute, and it generally includes employees who work for any employer covered by New York Workers’ Compensation Law, regardless of the size of the business.

So who’s not covered?  Well, it’s reasonably likely that seasonal employees – people who don’t work at least one-half year’s worth of weeks (26 weeks) in a row – are not covered by the law. Employers that have a primarily seasonal workforce, then, likely will not be affected by the change in the law.

All employers may be impacted by this State law, regardless of whether the federal Family Medical Leave Act applies to their business. Now is the time to begin preparing, including planning for necessary changes to employee handbooks and policies.

Lisa Coppola

Written by Lisa Coppola

Founder of The Coppola Firm

Lisa A. Coppola, Esq. understands the challenges her clients face, whether they’re starting a new business, taking their existing operations in a new direction, or facing a claim or threat.

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