The Paid Family Leave Program enacted in 2016 has expanded statewide and increased the share of private workers eligible for the benefit in New York to at least 88 percent in 2021 compared to 23 percent nationally.
Listed are some of the claims data from the initial years (2018-2021):
- Participating insurers approved over 550,000 claims and paid over $2.2 billion in cash benefits to eligible employees.
- Bonding with a newborn child generated over 80 percent of all payments and more than 70 percent of all claims by claim type.
- Women filed and received about two-thirds of all program claims and payments.
- Service employees-such as health care, education, information, and legal services workers-accounted for nearly 45 percent of all claims by industry.
- Employees earning less than $40,000 per year accounted for the greatest number of claims, with the number generally decreasing as income rises, suggesting paid family leave is a particularly important benefit to low- to moderate-income employees.
- 2023 the deduction rate is 0.455 percent of employee wages per pay period (lower than 2021 and 2022)
This information was provided by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, visit: https://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/new-yorks-paid-family-leave-program For more information