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Paid Family Leave

Paving the Way to the Nation's Strongest Paid Family Leave Policy

In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. Working families will no longer have to choose between caring for their loved ones and risking their economic security.

Starting January 1, 2018, the New York State Paid Family Leave Program will provide New Yorkers job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service.

Establishing Paid Family Leave marks a pivotal next step in the pursuit of equality and dignity in both the workplace and home.

Putting Loved Ones First

Maternity & Paternity Leave

Whether you are expecting, fostering or adopting a child, you deserve to take time to care for your child without having to risk your economic security. With proper documentation, you may be eligible for 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave.

Caring for a Loved One

The time you spend caring for a loved one with a serious health condition is critical, whether it be a child, parent, parent-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, spouse or domestic partner.

Military Service

Paid Family Leave enables loved ones to spend time with those called to active military service and alleviates the pressure of working and caring for a child while a loved one is away.

Paid Family Leave: It's Your Right

What You Need to Know


Employees are eligible for Paid Family Leave after working full-time for their employer for 26 weeks or part-time for 175 days.

Applying for Benefits

For the first year of the program, employees can take up to eight weeks of paid family leave, with a weekly benefit of 50% of the employee’s average weekly wage. 


Learn about how Paid Family Leave works for employees.


Questions? Call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at 844-337-6303 from 8:30am – 4:30pm ET, Monday - Friday

Paid Family Leave: Family Matters

Helping New Yorkers in Need


Learn more about Paid Family Leave and what you need to know as an employer.


Find out what is required from health care providers under Paid Family Leave.

Press Release

Read the press release to learn more about the Paid Family Leave policy. 

Stay Informed


These materials are based on rules contained in regulations that have been proposed for public comment. The final version of the rules may change based on comments received. All materials will be updated to reflect any changes.