NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Mandatory Paid Family Leave (PFL) goes into effect Jan. 1 in New York State. As that deadline nears, North Salem officials are considering their options for town employees.

According to New York State’s website,, PFL is an employee funded insurance that offers job-protected, paid time off for employees to bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child; care for an ill family member; or assist loved ones when a family member is called to active military service abroad.

The program is included under an employer’s disability policy that all private employers must carry, and the premium cost will be fully funded by employees through payroll deductions at an amount determined annually by New York State.

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According to Supervisor Warren Lucas, in the instance of town employees where the required percentage is at .00126, the deductions would amount to roughly $1.65 a week and $85 a year. While the program is mandatory for all private employers, public employers may opt-in to the program.

“Currently, the town offers short-term disability to the employees (also optional for public employers) that is offset by an employee contribution,” Maria Hlushko, secretary to the supervisor, said in an email.

The Town Board voted to opt out of the plan Dec. 12, Hlushko said. They are going to reach out to the employees to ask for their feedback., she added.

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