What Employers Need to Know about New York’s Paid Family Leave

Beginning January 1, 2018, New York will join ranks with California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island as the only states in the nation to institute a Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefit. When the benefit is fully phased in, New York will have the most comprehensive and robust Paid Family Leave program in the US.

The new PFL program provides New York employees the opportunity to bond with a child after birth, care for a sick relative, or help relieve the burden when a family member is called to active military service. The law will not only give employees the right to a leave of absence to care for a family member but will also guarantee job protection, as well as the right to continue health insurance by paying the premiums while on leave. Participation in the program is mandatory for all private employers while public employers may opt in. When it begins, PFL will cover births and adoptions that have occurred within the last 12 months — including those that occurred in 2017.

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Melissa Gillespie
VP of HR Services at HR Knowledge
With over a decade of HR experience, Melissa brings to our clients a real-world perspective having held positions as a corporate HR manager and a consultant. Since 2010, Melissa has advised and worked with HR Knowledge’s clients in all areas of HR management, including workplace best practices, organizational enhancement, workforce training, performance measurement and compliance. She believes that a strong HR strategy improves a business’s productivity, quality and employee retention. Melissa’s commitment to service mirrors the culture and commitment that HR Knowledge strives to provide to our clients.

Prior to HR Knowledge, Melissa was most recently an independent HR Consultant. In this role, she was a trusted human resources advisor to small- and mid-sized organizations providing guidance, direction and advice about the application or interpretation of human resources and labor policies, as well as practices and procedures in a variety of areas related to human resource management.

Melissa is a certified human resource professional. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a concentration in Leadership. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA).