Interim New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation yesterday (S.2928-A) expanding Paid Family Leave (PFL) to include siblings as a qualifying, i.e., care-receiving, family member in the event of a serious health condition. This change to the PFL program is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2023.
Who Will Qualify as a Sibling for NY PFL?
Siblings who qualify for care for under the PFL program include biological siblings, adopted siblings, step-siblings and half-siblings – regardless of where the sibling resides, i.e,. the sibling can live outside of New York State and even outside of the United States.
Who currently Qualifies as a Family Member to receive care under NY PFL?
- Domestic Partner
- Parent (Biological, foster, or adoptive parent, a legal guardian (or other person who stood in loco parentis to the employee when the employee was a child) as well as step-parents and in-laws.)
- Starting 2023: Sibling as defined above
NY Paid Family Leave provides job-protected, paid time off to employees to bond with a new child, care for a qualified family member with a serious health condition, or address family matters due to a qualifying military exigency.
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This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal counsel. Please consult with an appropriate professional for legal and compliance advice. Any PFL information is as of the blog post’s date stamp; it is based on the applicable statutes and regulation, and may change as regulations evolve or NY State issues guidance regarding Paid Family Leave regulations.