New York State’s new Paid Family Leave benefit is not yet available to the PS&T unit or any other unionized State employees. Under the new law establishing paid family leave, the benefit is funded through mandatory employee contributions. Coverage under the law is only automatic for private sector employees. For non-union public sector employees, the employer (i.e.; the State) must opt-in. And, for unionized State employees, the State and the unions must negotiate over the implementation of the benefit.
M/C employees will be covered on January 1, 2018 as the State has opted-in for those employees that do not require negotiation. PEF is currently meeting with the State to come to an agreement that best serves our members regarding the coordination of the statutory benefit with existing collectively bargained family leave benefits. Any agreement reached will require notice to and ratification by PEF membership prior to implementation.