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3 Things You Should Know about New York’s Comprehensive Sick and Family Leave Benefits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New York’s Comprehensive Sick and Family Leave Benefits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

New York State is known to have the strongest employee health and family leave policies in the country. Since 2016 when Governor Cuomo signed the state’s comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy into place, workers have enjoyed protection from having to choose between their families and their jobs. State legislators also passed the New York Sick Leave Law (NYSLL) in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under that law, workers statewide are entitled to sick leave specific to COVID-19 and no longer have a waiting period for paid family leave and temporary disability benefits.

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Sick Time, ADA, and Mental Illness

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Most people understand the law protects people with disabilities. Laws provide protection for consumers just trying to live normal, healthy lives, as well as those who are employees. Employers are legally required to accommodate employees with disabilities.

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Does FMLA Offer Coverage for a Sick Pet?

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The Family Medical Leave Act was created to help employees deal with difficult family situations that require more than just a few days away from work. Family obligations can be time-consuming and affect an employee’s frame of mind, so lawmakers designed FMLA to offer job protection for those who need to step away and deal with a problem.

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NY State Paid Family Leave Comes Into Effect

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Starting January 1, 2018, many New York workers will be eligible to take Paid Family Leave under New York’s new law. For those eligible, which includes full-time employees after 26 consecutive weeks of employment and part-time employees after 175 non-consecutive days of employment, there will be available up to eight weeks of leave time during which the employee will receive 50% of their weekly salary (capped at 50% of the state average). Both the amount of leave time and weekly salary percentage will increase in coming years.

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