Paid Family Leave (PFL)

In accordance with New York State legislation, the Colleges will provide Paid Family Leave (PFL) coverage for eligible employees. It provides wage replacement and job protection to employees who need time away from their jobs to:

  • 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 duty.

As of January 1, 2020, employees who are estimated to work full-time on a work schedule of 20 hours per week of consecutive employment and part-time employees that work less than 20 hours per week and employed after 175 days worked are eligible for the benefit. Faculty are currently exempted from PFL.

Paid Family Leave coverage will be funded by either HWS or by the employee. The weekly contribution rate is 0.126% of the employee's weekly wage capped at NYS average weekly wage of $1,401.17 ($72,860.84 annually). Hobart and William Smith Colleges will fund the coverage for eligible employees who earn less than $72,860.84 annually. Employees who earn more that $72,860.84 will be deducted $1.76 per week for the PFL benefit.

For more information on Paid Family Leave, FAQ's, benefits and eligibility, please visit NY.GOV/PAIDFAMILYLEAVE or call 844-337-6303.

If you have immediate questions or concerns please stop by or call Human Resources at 315-781-3312.


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