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2022 PAID FAMILY LEAVE (PFL)

New York State has released the 2022 policy year information for Paid Family Leave coverage. Please note the following with regard to maximum benefit, maximum covered wages, premium rate and maximum employee contribution for PFL for 2022.


New Maximum PFL Benefit

The maximum PFL benefit in 2022 has remained unchanged at 67% of the employee's average weekly wage, not to exceed 67% of the statewide average weekly wage, which is $1,068.36 per week. The maximum allowable duration of a PFL claim has remained unchanged at 12 weeks. The 4-year tiered PFL benefit roll-out was reached last year and will remain the same going forward.

Year Benefit % Maximum Weekly
Benefit Payout
Benefit Duration
2018 50% $652.96 8 weeks
2019 55% $746.41 10 weeks
2020 60% $840.70 10 weeks
2021 67% $971.61 12 weeks
2022 67% $1,068.36 12 weeks
https://www.dfs.ny.gov/apps_and_licensing/health_insurers/pfl_rate_decision_2022

Maximum Covered Wages

The maximum covered wages for PFL contributions for 2022 have increased to $82,918. All eligible employee wages, including commissions and bonuses, up to $82,918 annually will be subject to premium charge.

Year Maximum Annual
Covered Payroll
2018$67,908
2019$70,570
2020$72,860
2021$75,409
2022$82,918
https://dol.ny.gov/new-york-state-average-weekly-wage-nysaww-0

Premium Rate / Maximum Employee Contribution

The PFL premium rate for 2022 has remained unchanged at .511% (.00511)

Year Maximum Annual
Covered Payroll
Premium
Rate
Maximum Annual
Employee Contribution
2018$67,908.00126$85.56
2019$70,570.00153$107.97
2020$72,860.00270$196.72
2021$75,409.00511$385.34
2022$82,918.00511$423.71
https://www.dfs.ny.gov/apps_and_licensing/health_insurers/pfl_rate_decision_2022

When?

All changes are effective January 1, 2022.

Who?

Keep in mind that PFL, like DBL, is a required statutory coverage. All premium is paid through employee contributions. Failure to provide PFL coverage is subject to penalty by New York State.



We have begun the process of updating our systems to accommodate this new information. We feel confident that the transition into 2022 will be a smooth one. Policy documents will be available during the 4th quarter of 2021.