Paid time off to care for family

NYS Paid Family Leave (PFL) | NYS Workers' Compensation Board

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Paid Family Leave (PFL) gives eligible employees paid time off to care for family. Your job is protected when you’re on leave.

Update: Paid Leave may be available if you need to care for yourself or your child during a COVID-19 order of quarantine or isolation. For more information about paid leave for COVID-19, go to New Paid Leave for COVID-19.

  • Workers can take Paid Family Leave to:
    • Bond with a child within 12 months of birth, adoption, or foster placement.
    • Care for a family member with a serious health condition.
    • Assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad.
  • If eligible, you can take up to 12 weeks of leave.
    • Leave can be taken all at once or intermittently.
    • Leave must be taken for full days, not half days.
  • You can get paid up to 67% of your average weekly wage.
  • Paid Family Leave also provides:
    • job protection
    • continued health insurance
    • protection from discrimination or retaliation
  • Immigration status doesn't affect your eligibility for Paid Family Leave.

Who is eligible

NY State Paid Family Leave is available to all New York State residents who:

  1. Work for a private employer in New York State, or a public employer who has opted in.
  2. Meet the time-worked requirements before taking Paid Family Leave:
    • Full-time employees who regularly work 20 or more hours/week can take PFL after working 26 consecutive weeks.
    • Part-time employees who regularly work fewer than 20 hours/week can take PFL after working 175 days. These days don’t need to be consecutive.

What you need to apply

You’ll need different documents depending on your situation. Check the links below for the documents that you’ll need.

In general, you’ll need to prove your identity, family relationship, address, and income.

You’ll also need to provide proof of a qualifying event to file a PFL claim.


How to apply

Apply for PFL through your employer.

  1. Notify your employer at least 30 days before you want to take leave, if possible. Otherwise, notify them as soon as possible.
  2. Download and fill out a claim form based on your employer’s instructions.
  3. Gather supporting documentation for your claim.
    • Each claim form tells you what documents you’ll need.
    • This might include birth certificates, military deployment certification, and more.
  4. Submit your claim form and documents to your employer’s insurance carrier or as directed by your employer.
    • Ask your employer who their insurance carrier is.
    • You can also call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at 844-337-6303 if you don’t know who their insurance carrier is. Call Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  5. In most cases, your employer’s insurance carrier must pay or deny your claim within 18 days of receiving your completed claim.

How to get help

Visit the websites

Learn more about NYS Paid Family Leave for different situations at paidfamilyleave.ny.gov

Learn more about protections for workers and what to do if your rights have been violated at paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/protections

Call the Paid Family Leave Helpline

Call 844-337-6303
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

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Updated December 2, 2021