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2019 PAID FAMILY LEAVE (PFL)

New York State has released the 2019 policy year information for Paid Family Leave coverage. Please note the following changes to maximum benefit, maximum covered wages, premium rate and maximum employee contribution for PFL for 2019.


New Maximum PFL Benefit

The maximum PFL benefit in 2019 will be increased to 55% of the employee's average weekly wage, not to exceed 55% of the statewide average weekly wage, which is $746.41 per week. The maximum allowable duration of a PFL claim will increase to 10 weeks.

Year Benefit % Maximum Weekly
Benefit Payout
Benefit Duration
2018 50% $652.96 8 weeks
2019 55% $746.41 10 weeks
https://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/pfl/dec_prem_rate_2019.pdf

Maximum Covered Wages

The maximum covered wages for PFL contributions for 2019 have increased to $70,570. All eligible employee wages, including commissions and bonuses, up to $70,570 annually will be subject to premium charge.

Year Maximum Annual
Covered Payroll
2018$67,908
2019$70,570
https://labor.ny.gov/stats/avg_wkly_wage.shtm

Premium Rate / Maximum Employee Contribution

The PFL premium rate for 2019 has been increased to .153% (.00153)

Year Maximum Annual
Covered Payroll
Premium
Rate
Maximum Annual
Employee Contribution
2018$67,908.00126$85.56
2019$70,570.00153$107.97
https://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/pfl/dec_prem_rate_2019.pdf

When?

All changes are effective January 1, 2019.

Who?

Keep in mind that PFL, like DBL, is a required statutory coverage. All premium is paid through employee contributions. Failure to provide PFL coverage is subject to penalty by New York State.



We have begun the process of updating our systems to accommodate this new information. We feel confident that the transition into 2019 will be a smooth one. Policy documents will be available during the 4th quarter of 2018.