On June 1, 2017, New York State announced the amount that will have to be deducted from nearly all New York employees’ pay to fund the premium for the new paid family leave benefit available to eligible employees beginning on January 1, 2018. The deduction will be 0.126% of each employee’s weekly income, capped at $1.65 per week.
Employers are permitted, but not required, to begin these deductions on July 1, 2017. There are a couple of narrow categories of employees who may sign a waiver to avoid these deductions: those scheduled to work: (1) less than 26 of the next 52 weeks, or less than 20 hours per week; and (2) less than 175 days in next 52 weeks.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions on this difficult new benefit.