Paid Family Leave (PFL) for Unclassified Employees
As of January 1, 2019, PFL is available to unclassified Management/Confidential (SUNY MC13) and UUP-represented employees. Please see complete story.
The purpose of PFL is to help employees with work-life balance by providing a paid leave alternative to charging paid leave accruals for leaves of absence to attend to family* needs associated with:
The birth or placement of a biological, adopted, or foster child (first 12 months)
Family member's serious health condition (physical or psychological care)
Call to active duty in the U.S. armed forces (qualifying exigency)
*Definitions of "family" are detailed in Qualifications section (below). PFL is not available for an employee's own serious health condition or military activation.
While on PFL, employment is protected and health insurance cost will remain at the employee share. When an employee is out on PFL, they will be taken off the State payroll and paid directly through the insurance provider, The Standard. Health insurance premiums will no longer be paid through payroll deductions during this time. The NYS Dept. of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division will bill enrollees directly via U.S. Mail. Employees should be sure that their current mailing address is on file. Retirement contributions and service credit are not applicable while on PFL.
The program is funded through contributions taken as payroll deductions. The 2019 contribution is 0.153% of gross wages each pay period, up to and not to exceed an annual maximum employee contribution of $107.97. For MC13 and UUP-represented employees, payroll deductions will be biweekly and begin no sooner than January 1, 2019.
PFL for 2019: up to ten weeks of leave in any 52-week period, paid at 55% of the employee's average weekly wage, not to exceed 55% of the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW)
Every year, the NYS Dept. of Labor determines the SAWW for the upcoming year. Your average weekly wage is the average of your last eight weeks of pay received for the regular obligation prior to starting PFL. To estimate your PFL benefits, use the Weekly Benefits Calculator which can be found below.
Employees who do not meet the eligibility requirements for PFL, may complete a waiver to not be subject to the PFL payroll deductions. Prior to completing a waiver, the employee should review the PFL waiver guidelines. All completed waivers can be faxed to the Office of Human Resources at 585-395-5275 or mailed to the office as well.
For more information on Paid Family Leave, please visit the links below.
posted by kequill [2019-01-31]
Kallee Quill, email@example.com