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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Changes to Paid Family Leave in 2019

    October 29, 2018 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    New York State (NYS) Department of Financial Services recently announced changes to the 2019 NYS Paid Family Leave.

    Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the number of weeks eligible employees can take will increase from eight to 10 weeks. The benefit will also increase to 55% of the employee’s average weekly wage, capped at 55% of the state’s average weekly wage. For 2019, the state’s average weekly wage will be $1,357.11. Therefore, the maximum weekly benefit will increase to $746.41. 

    The employee contribution rate will increase as well. In 2019, the contribution is 0.153% of an employee’s gross wages each pay period. The maximum annual contribution is $107.97.  Employees earning less than the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage of $1,357.11 will contribute less than the annual cap of $107.97 consistent with their actual wages. 

    Additionally, you will be required to update your PFL policies reflecting the 2019 changes.  You can find model language on the NYS Paid Family Leave website, in the Employer Resources section. 

    Important Reminders regarding Paid Family Leave

    • The Conference will continue to provide coverage under the group disability plan via Guardian and pay the premium.
    • Churches should not purchase their own coverage.
    • No employee contributions are to be withheld from pay and churches will not be billed.
    • Churches ARE responsible for their own claim administration as they are with disability claims.

    If you have a payroll vendor that manages your payroll, please contact them with this information and verify they will not take deductions in January 2019. It is recommended that you check your pay journals the first few months to ensure that they do not add the deductions. 

    Click here to review all updates. If you have additional questions, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at (315) 898-2017 or

    TAGGED / Benefits and Administrative Services

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."