StormChaser: PFL Tidbits #8

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Carryover of leaves from 2018 to 2019 

How much leave and benefits are available if an employee’s leave starts in 2018 but carries over into 2019?

If I start my continuous leave in 2018, and it extends into 2019, am I eligible for the benefits at the 2019 rate and an extra two weeks?
You get the benefit rate and number of weeks in effect on the first day of your leave.

If I start my intermittent leave in 2018, and it extends into 2019, am I eligible for the benefits at the 2019 rate and an extra two weeks?
You get the benefit rate and number of weeks in effect on the first day of a period of leave. When more than three months passes between days of PFL, your next day or period of PFL is considered a new claim under the law. This means you will need to file a new Request for PFL and that you may be eligible for the increased benefits available should this day or period of Paid Family Leave begin in 2019

The amount of leave an employee can take is measured looking back 52 weeks from the date of most recent usage.  Below is an example of how to assess an employee’s leave rights in 2019 if the employee used all 8 weeks available in 2018:

I used all eight weeks of PFL in 2018. Can I take more PFL in 2019 if I experience another qualifying event?
If you experience another qualifying event in 2019, you may be eligible for up to two weeks of additional leave. The maximum amount of leave in 2019 is 10 weeks in a 52-week period. If you took eight weeks of PFL in the last 52 weeks, and have another qualifying event in 2019, you may be limited to two weeks at the new rate, since it is a rolling calendar. When it has been 52 weeks from your 2018 leave dates, you will accrue a new week of available PFL, up to another eight weeks.

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