New York's Paid Family Leave Act was a major piece of workplace legislation when it was passed in 2017 and formally rolled out on January 1, 2018. For the first time ever, employers in New York State were given the ability to take paid, job-protected leave to bond with a newborn child, to care for a sick relative and/or to prepare for active duty military deployment. When it was initially rolled out, employees could take up to 8 weeks of leave paid at 50% of their salary, capped at the state average weekly wage. But those benefits have been scheduled to increase annually over a period of 4 years. Here is an overview of the updates to the law that will take effect on January 1, 2020.