Paid Family Leave

Queens Library employees are entitled to New York State's Paid Family Leave law click here for more information  We can take paid family leave for the following events:

  • bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered 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.

Benefits phase in over four years. During 2018, employees can take up to eight weeks of Paid Family Leave and receive 50% of their average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). The AWW is the average of an employee’s last eight weeks of pay prior to starting Paid Family Leave. The SAWW is updated annually. 

Paid Family Leave Benefits Examples for 2018

Worker's Average Weekly WageWeekly PFL Benefit (2018)*

*The average weekly wage is capped at 50% of the New York State average weekly wage, which is $652.96.

Benefits Increase Through 2021:

YearWeeks of LeaveBenefit
20188 weeks50% of employee's AWW, up to 50% of SAWW
201910 weeks55% of employee's AWW, up to 55% of SAWW
202010 weeks60% of employee's AWW, up to 60% of SAWW
202112 weeks67% of employee's AWW, up to 67% of SAWW