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New York’s Paid Family Leave: Clarifying Military Considerations

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Another part of New York’s Paid Family Leave law pertains to individuals with family members in the military. Employers certainly empathize with staff who have a family member in the military. It’s important to prepare for situations where an employee needs time off because he or she has a family member called up for active military duty.

The PFL law comes into play where there’s a qualifying exigency arising from the service of a family member in the armed forces.  What does this mean? An employees may take leave when a spouse, child, domestic partner, or parent is on active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order of active duty.

In order to meet the law’s requirements, the employee must provide reasonable notice (unless impossible) along with a copy of their loved one’s active duty orders and/or other documentation supporting the leave.

If the employee qualifies, PFL guarantees his or her ability to return to the job as well as to maintain healthcare coverage in the interim.  Companies are well advised to review their employee leave policies before PFL takes effect on January 1st.  Our attorneys can help make this job easier for you.

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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