When can I file a claim?
You can file a claim for PFL benefits on or after January 01, 2018, as long as you have satisfied the 26 week/175 day eligibility period with your employer. If you change employers, you will need to satisfy another eligibility period.
What events are covered by PFL?
You may use PFL to bond with a new child within 12 months of birth, adoption, or foster placement.
You can also use PFL to take care of a family member with a serious health condition. A family member is defined as:
- Domestic partner
A serious health condition is an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves:
- inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential health care facility; or
- continuing treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider.
Finally, you can use PFL for qualifying exigencies arising out of a family member's active duty deployment that are covered under the FMLA, PFL can only be used for a family member's qualifying military event, not your own.
PFL will be paid in weekly increments, just like DBL benefits. PFL benefits in 2018 will be equal to 50% of the employee's your average weekly wages to a maximum of 50% of the state average weekly wage (currently, the maximum benefit would be about $652/week).
PFL benefits will increase over the next few years, until it matures in 2021 (see table below):
||Max length of paid leave
||Covered % of employee's weekly income
||Maximum benefit (% of NY average weekly wage)
Is the PFL benefit subject to taxes?
The State of New York issued a notice on August 25, 2017 regarding taxability.
They confirmed that benefits will be considered taxable non-wage income.
- Income tax withholdings are not mandatory; however, an employee can request that taxes be withheld from their weekly benefit payments.
- Premiums are to be deducted from employees’ after-tax wages.
- Employers must include PFL contributions from employees on their W-2 forms in box 14.
- PFL benefits paid by Unum will be reported on a 1099-MISC form.