NY Paid Leave Benefit
NY Paid Leave Benefit
I received the message below from the State of New York regarding the mandatory NY Paid Leave Act and how this benefit can assist employees and employers during the pandemic.
As you may recall, in January 2018, all NY employers were required to offer paid family leave as a rider to their disability policy.
The NY disability and the paid family leave insurance are not part of our Worker’s Compensation policy. Every local church, with at least one employee (full or part-time) needed to purchase this policy on their own.
The legislative expectation was that employees who needed family leave time would be able to take time off, knowing that their job was safe and that they would still receive a percentage of their pay. Both of these obstacles might have previously prevented lower wage employees from even considering being away from work.
The State of New York has extended the leave policy to include the pandemic. Here is the official notice:
Job-Protected, Paid Leave Benefits for
Leave for Employee’s Quarantine/Isolation
The Governor’s legislation provides a combination of benefits for eligible employees who are subject to an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19. These benefits vary depending on the size and annual income of the employer.
- Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide job protection for the duration of the quarantine order and employees may use Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine. These benefits may provide wage replacement up to a maximum combined total of $2,884.62 per week.
- Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave, job protection for the duration of the quarantine order, and employees may use Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine. These benefits may provide wage replacement up to a maximum combined total of $2,884.62 per week.
- Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers, will provide at least 14 days of paid sick leave and guarantee job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.
Leave for Quarantine/Isolation of Employee’s Child
The Governor’s legislation also provides Paid Family Leave for working parents whose minor dependent child is subject to an order of mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation. In addition to job protection, eligible employees may receive up to a maximum benefit of $840.70 per week for the duration of the quarantine.
Note: These benefits are not available to employees who are able to work through remote access or other means.
The provisions of the quarantine legislation take effect immediately, ensuring that New York workers will be able to take advantage of these benefits.
For more information, visit ny.gov/COVIDpaidsickleave or call the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline at (888) 364-3065.
For more information or to apply for disability benefits and/or Paid Family Leave, visit PaidFamilyLeave.ny.gov/COVID19 or call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303.
Please review your Leave Policy and determine if this works for you and your church employees. It's best to contact your insurance provider directly to put this in place, if needed.
The staff of the New York Conference is working and available to support you during this trying time.
Stay safe and well.