November 22, 2021 Expansion of New York’s Paid Family Leave Law
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
We are writing to advise you that Governor Hochul recently signed a bill expanding New York’s Paid Family Leave law (“NYPFL”). Effective January 1, 2023, the NYPFL will include the care and caretaking of siblings with a serious health condition.
As a reminder, the NYPFL applies to virtually all private sector employers and any public sector employers that have opted to provide NYPFL benefits.
Currently, the NYPFL covers, among other things, caring for the following types of family members with a serious health condition: spouses, domestic partners, children and step-children, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents and grandchildren.
The new law expands the definition of “family members” to include biological siblings, adopted siblings, step-siblings and half-siblings. Eligible employees are entitled to use leave pursuant to the NYPFL for qualifying reasons for any of the above-listed types of family members even if the family members live outside of New York State or the United States.
If you have any questions regarding this forthcoming expansion of covered family members, whether the NYPFL applies to you or the NYPFL generally, please contact Alyssa L. Zuckerman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or one of our other attorneys at 631-694-2300.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
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