In 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law the New York State Paid Family Leave (NYPFL) policy that requires employers to offer paid leave for eligible non-academic staff members to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or for a qualifying military exigency.
Effective 1/1/2023 the state has added siblings to a covered family member for Paid Family Leave. Please feel free to visit the state’s website listed at left for more information about the state’s program, reasons for leave, covered family members, etc.
Explanation of new Paid Family Leave benefit
New York State's timeline called for a phased rollout over four years, with the benefit level starting at 8 weeks, 50 percent pay in 2018, and reaching 12 weeks, 67 percent pay in 2021. Cornell launched the program in January 2018 at the year-four level.
New York State required benefit for 2020: 10 weeks of leave at 60 percent of pay, up to the annual NYS wage cap.
Cornell University benefit: 12 weeks of leave at 67 percent of an employee’s average weekly wage.
Eligibility and deductions
Non-academic staff who work 20 or more hours per week are eligible to request the leave after 26 weeks of employment.
Non-academic staff who work less than 20 hours per week are eligible to request the leave after 175 days worked (not consecutive days employed).
New York State specified that the Paid Family Leave Program is employee-funded, and that employers shall collect an employee contribution through a payroll deduction determined annually by the New York State Department of Financial Services.
For 2022: NYS left the deduction rate unchanged at .511%, and increased the maximum withholding to $423.71. Cornell will automatically cease taking further deductions in 2022 once an employee has contributed $423.71 .
For 2023: The payroll deduction rate for 2023 has been lowered to .455%, with a maximum annual cap of $399.43 . That means if the deduction rate of .455% results in an employee contributing $399.43 in PFL premiums, then Cornell will automatically cease taking further premiums for the remainder of the calendar year.
All items on this form must be completed and submitted at least 30 days in advance of the requested leave. If less than 30 days advance notice is being given, an explanation must be provided. Additional forms and supporting documentation will be required depending on the type of leave being requested. These forms will be provided once the PFL Request Form has been received.
Note: Employees working outside New York State:
Employees working in other states with state-provided paid family and/or medical leave benefits will be covered under the terms of their respective state's policies. If you are unsure whether your state provides its own paid family or medical leave benefit you may contact Medical Leaves Administration (MLA) at 607-255-1177, and MLA can direct you to the appropriate state agency which would receive your request for paid leave.
Bonding Leave: Birth, adoption, or foster of a child with New York Paid Family Leave
The total time afforded to both parents for leave remains the same, but the paid period increases from 4 weeks to 12 - and is provided at a higher rate - and in turn, the unpaid time decreases from 12 weeks to 4.
Check out our comparison graphic to see how the new bonding leave program under NYPFL matches up to the prior parental leave policy.