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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Changes to Paid Family Leave in 2020

    February 11, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    Effective January 1, 2020, there are changes to the New York State Paid Family Leave benefit. 

    The number of weeks eligible employees can take remains at 10 weeks of job protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service. The number of weeks eligible employees can take will continue to rise through 2021, at which time employees will be able to take up to twelve (12) weeks of job-protected, paid time off.  

    In 2020, the benefit increases from 55% to 60% of the employee’s average weekly wage, up to a cap of 60% of the current Statewide Average Weekly Wage of $1,401.17. The maximum weekly benefit for 2020 is $840.70

    You are required to update your PFL policies reflecting the 2020 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.
    • Claim forms are available here

    If you have a payroll vendor that manages payroll, please contact them with this information and verify they will not take deductions in 2020. It is recommended that you check your pay journals the first few months to ensure that they do not add the deductions.

    If you have additional questions on the New York State Paid Family Leave benefit, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at (315) 898-2017 or tracyrickett@unyumc.og.  You may also contact Guardian directly at 1-800-268-2525. 


    With more than 144,000 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."