There will be a four year phase in for New York’s new Paid Family Leave Act that goes into effect January 1st. In the first year employees will be able to take up to eight weeks of paid leave at 50 percent of their average weekly wage . According to a release from the Governor’s office this morning , “those eligible for Paid Family Leave include:Parents during the first 12 months following the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child; caretakers for a sick spouse, domestic partner, child, stepchild, parent, stepparent, parent-in-law, grandparent or grandchild and employees with a spouse, child, domestic partner or parent who has been notified of an order of active military service abroad.
Seneca County Chamber President Jeff Shipley says the Act will have a big impact on smaller companies.
To learn more about the Act and it’s implications go to www.ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave . There is also a helpline to call. It’s (844) 337-6303.