On Nov. 1, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed an amendment to the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (the “PFL”) expanding the definition of “family member” for the purposes of the PFL to include biological or adopted siblings, half-siblings, and step-siblings. The current definition of “family member” covers children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, spouses and domestic partners. While the change to the definition will not become effective January 1, 2023, employers should make a note of the change and take steps to prepare for the expended coverage prior to its effective date.

For further information or guidance on revising your policies, please contact David Paseltiner