Under New York State law, the Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefit has increased. The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund began administering New York State’s PFL benefit in 2018, at no cost to members. This benefit provides all eligible full-time and part-time members with a partial wage replacement when they need time off to take care of family members with serious health conditions; to care for a newborn, newly adopted or newly placed child; or to deal with issues arising when a family member is called to active military service. For calendar year 2019, the benefit has increased: Eligible members can now receive up to 10 weeks of leave at 55 percent of their average weekly wage (capped at 55 percent of the New York State Average Weekly Wage).
To apply for the benefit, you need to complete a Paid Family Leave benefit request form and submit required documentation to your employer, who will then complete and submit your request to the Fund. If you have questions about your eligibility or accessing the benefit, please call our Member Services Department at (646) 473-9200.