New York

Navigating Paid Leave in New York

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Start here if you're giving birth!

If you are the birthing parent, you’ll need to file for:

  • Short-Term Disability insurance (STD) -  if your employer has a private policy, you must file for these benefits.  
  • Paid Family Leave (PFL) - both birthing and non-birthing partners can file for PFL benefits.  These benefits are only available following the birth or placement of a child, and must be taken within 12 months following the birth or placement.
  • Optional: Short-term Disability - birthing partners may also choose to file for short-term disability benefits through the state of New York. Short-term disability benefits are separate from PFL and must be filed separately. Short-term disability and PFL cannot be taken at the same time, and the combined total cannot exceed 26 weeks in a 52-week period.

New York Paid Family Leave

Who should apply?

APPLY HERE

Tips for Applying
Apply for PFL as soon as possible once you have left work.  

Prepare to wait. After you file for PFL, you may need to wait a few weeks for the state to approve your application with the amount they’ll pay.

Provide confirmation of your weekly benefit rate to your employer or leave and claims administrator.  If your company works with Parento, also provide a copy to your Parento Leave Administrator. 

Your company may choose not to pay you paid parental leave while you’re waiting for the approval from the state for PFL. While you may be eligible for parental leave pay, you may see a delay in your pay.  If you have concerns, reach out to your company.     

How much time is available? Up to 12 weeks in the prior 52-week period.

When will benefits begin?
Once you have left work, you can file for NY PFL benefits.  If approved, benefits are payable on day 1.  

How much of my pay does PFL provide?
  Approximately 67% of your average weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum $1,068.36 (as of 2022).  

What to Expect
Once you have left work, you may file for NY PFL.   Complete the forms available through this link from the state of New York: Apply for PFL.  To complete your claim, you must provide a copy of birth verification, such as a birth certificate or document that confirms the relationship between you and the child.  For more information about NY PFL benefits, please visit Paid Family Leave for Bonding

Optional: if you are the birthing parent, you may also choose to apply forbenefits through New York State while you are recovering from pregnancy disability.  This benefit cannot be taken at the same time as PFL, and you must submit a separate request.   Please visit Pregnancy and Maternity Leave for more information.  

If your employer has a private STD policy, you must also file a claim for these benefits, even if you choose not to file for short-term Disability with New York State. For instructions on filing for STD benefits, contact your employer.

Your company will pay the difference between what you receive from STD, PFL and/or Short-term disability, and the limits of the paid parental leave policy.  It is important that you file for these benefits as soon as possible to avoid delays in pay. 

Your company may choose not to pay you paid parental leave while you’re waiting for the approval from the state for PFL. While you may be eligible for parental leave pay, you may see a delay in your pay. If you have concerns, reach out to your company.

Example: Birthing parent who is eligible for STD, PFL, and 14 weeks of paid parental leave


Example: Non-birthing parent who is eligible for PFL and 14 weeks of paid parental leave

Start here if you are the dad, spouse, adoptive or foster parent!

If you are not the birthing mom, you have to apply for:

  • Paid Family Leave (PFL) - these benefits are available following the birth or placement of a child, and must be taken within 12 months following the birth or placement.

New York Paid Family Leave

Who should apply?

APPLY HERE

Tips for Applying
Apply for PFL as soon as possible once you have left work.  

Prepare to wait. After you file for PFL, you may need to wait a few weeks for the state to approve your application with the amount they’ll pay.

Provide confirmation of your weekly benefit rate to your employer or leave and claims administrator.  If your company works with Parento, also provide a copy to your Parento Leave Administrator. 

Your company may choose not to pay you paid parental leave while you’re waiting for the approval from the state for PFL. While you may be eligible for parental leave pay, you may see a delay in your pay.  If you have concerns, reach out to your company.     

How much time is available? Up to 12 weeks in the prior 52 week period.

When will benefits begin?
Once you have left work, you can file for NY PFL benefits.  If approved, benefits are payable on day 1.  

How much of my pay does PFL provide?
  Approximately 67% of your average weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum $1,068.36 (as of 2022).  

What to Expect
Once you have left work, you may file for NY PFL.   Complete the forms available through this link from the state of New York: Apply for PFL.  To complete your claim, you must provide a copy of birth verification, such as a birth certificate or document that verifies the relationship between you and the child.  For more information about NY PFL benefits, please visit Paid Family Leave for Bonding.

Your company will pay the difference between what you receive from PFL and the limits of the paid parental leave policy.  It is important that you file for these benefits as soon as possible to avoid delays in pay.

Your company may choose not to pay you paid parental leave while you’re waiting for the approval from the state for PFL. While you may be eligible for parental leave pay, you may see a delay in your pay. If you have concerns, reach out to your company.


Example: Non-birthing parent who is eligible for PFL and 14 weeks of paid parental leave