2022 brings new workplace laws that will impact New Yorkers

From Paid Family Leave to Employee Protection, there's a lot of new changes that will take effect in 2022.

News 12 Staff

Jan 1, 2022, 3:33 AM

Updated 842 days ago

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The new year will bring some new laws that will impact the workplace for New Yorkers.
From Paid Family Leave to Employee Protection, there's a lot of new changes that will take effect in 2022.
The New York State Paid Family Leave first launched in 2018 and will have some new changes come 2022 and even more in 2023.
This is important for a lot of New Yorkers as it impacted them during the pandemic as many took time off from work to care for sick family members.
New York State Paid Family Leave allows employees to take off up to 12 weeks to take care of a new child or sick family member.
Starting in 2022, employees will now receive 67% of their average weekly salary with the maximum weekly benefit being $1,068.
That's up $96 a week compared to last year which can add up to an extra $400 a month in some cases.
In 2023, the Paid Family Leave will expand even further by allowing employees to take time off to take care of their siblings. This was something that was not covered in the past.
Councilmember Oswald Feliz says it's about time New Yorkers can care for family members without taking an economic hit.
"Specifically in low-income families who are no longer going to have to choose between caring for a loved one or getting a paycheck, so they could be able to pay rent and other living expenses. So, it's a very important piece of legislation that's going to make a big impact on many families," Feliz says.
Another law expected to help New Yorkers in 2022 is the expansion of Whistleblower Protection.
Starting Jan. 26, Whistleblower Protection will expand to include former employees. They'll also get protection when it comes to retaliation that could impact their current employment as well as immigration status.
Another new law to take effect in May will require employers to provide written notice to employees if they are being electronically monitored in any way.


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