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We’ve seen some confusing material out there from other sources, and we want to be sure that our readers understand the interplay between the New York State and Federal components of the paid leave/Family First laws. Please see our earlier post about paid leave in the age of Covid 19.

How Does New York’s Paid Leave Act Work With The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

New York’s new paid leave act only provides sick leave and/or benefits in addition to those provided by any federal COVID-19 sick leave and/or benefits. It is important to note that the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFFCRA) is not effective until “no later than April 2, 2020.” Businesses must compare New York’s act with the FFFCRA to ascertain whether the Act provides any benefits in excess of the FFFCRA’s benefits.

Many of our clients have questions concerning the state and federal laws that address similar issues. If you have questions about the new paid leave laws, a good starting point is our The Families First Coronavirus Response Act and New York’s Paid Leave Law blog post. It can be found here:

While these are novel and changing times, we will continue to post updates and clarifications in the future. If you have any questions about how the new paid leave laws impact your business, feel free to contact attorney Kevin Murphy at 315)-445-1700 or by email at

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Kevin C. Murphy

Kevin C. Murphy concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental compliance and litigation; environmental and white-collar criminal defense, and complex litigation matters. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a former senior trial attorney with both the Kings County (NY) District Attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental Crimes Section in Washington, D.C. He previously taught a seminar on environmental criminal enforcement at the Syracuse University School of Law and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

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