Ensure that Employees Sign Off on NY PFL Payroll Deductions in Business and at Work

The day before (Sunday morning, December 31, 2017) the January 1, 2018 implementation of New York Paid Family Leave (PFL), the New York Workers’ Compensation Board, charged with administering PFL, sent out a helpful reminder email, which also included a new Employee Notice of Paid Family Leave Payroll Deduction form for employers to use with employees, as most after-tax PFL payroll deductions started during the first pay week of January 2018.

In the great state of New York, employers are required to obtain written permission from employees in general before taking payroll deductions: the Wage Deduction Regulation (effective in 2013), on page 4 of the PDF at this link, spells out the requirement that the employer provide an agreement to the employee that is express, written, voluntary and informed before taking payroll deductions. (However, with very few exceptions, NYS PFL is mandatory for every employee in every NYS business with 1 or more employees, so the voluntary aspect of this regulation doesn’t quite apply for PFL).

As employers start to take the NY PFL payroll deductions and implement NY PFL: have your employees completed the Employee Notice of Paid Family Leave Payroll Deduction in business and at work?

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