The benefit for employees who take PFL in daily increments is based on their average number of days worked per week during the last 8 weeks before starting their paid leave. A couple of things to keep in mind:
- Number of hours worked during those days has no influence on the maximum benefit.
For example: a part-time employee and a full-time employee who both work 5 days of the week are entitled to the same number of intermittent Paid Family Leave days.
- The total number of intermittent days is capped at 60 days, even if someone works more than 5 days per week on average.
|Benefit stage effective date**
|Maximum average # of days worked/week
|Maximum # of intermittent days
|Employee's daily benefit
|To the maximum % of NYSAWW
|$ Max based on current NYSAWW of $1,450.17*
To calculate how many intermittent days you can take off, simply look at the average number of days you worked in the prior 8 weeks before Paid Family begins:
|Average # of days worked per week
||Maximum number of intermittent days
PFL Expert Tip:
Intermittent leave gives employees the flexibility to accompany a sick family member to regular doctor visits or to help find creative ways of navigating childcare challenges during baby’s first year.
For example: Mom could take PFL time every Monday and Dad every Friday, leaving new parents with just 3 days of the work week to make childcare arrangements.
For more in-depth examples that illustrate how intermittent leave is anticipated to work, download our ABC’s of PFL now!
*NY Department of Labor releases the updated NYSAWW on or about March 31st of the prior applicable calendar year. The NYSAWW applicable to 2021 is $1,450.17 = $75,408.84 per year.
**Please not: Benefits for claims with start dates prior to 2021 are subject to lower benefit levels.