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August 27, 2018

More employers are offering paid parental leave benefits

More companies are offering paid parental leave benefits than ever before. In fact, a recent study from the Society for Human Resources Management found that more than 1 in 3 U.S. employers offer paid maternity leave beyond what is required by law.

Categories: Disability Benefits , New York Paid Family Leave

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April 11, 2018

3 Helpful Tips for Submitting a Paid Family Leave Claim

Since the New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) program is new and unprecedented in the country in terms of the amount and scope of benefits, there are bound to be some bumps in the road when it comes to filing PFL claims. To help minimize the frustrations of employees filing claims for PFL, we have provided three simple tips to help make the claims process easier and more efficient.

Categories: Claims Management , Coverages , Disability Benefits , New York Paid Family Leave , AmTrust News , Agent

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January 15, 2018

New York State Paid Family Leave Client Prep Checklist for Success

Effective January 1, 2018, New York State requires all in-state employers to comply with the New York State Paid Family Leave Policy (PFL). Designed to provide financial stability for state residents through major life changes, the new policy provides guaranteed paid leave for eligible employees in three life circumstances including:

  • The addition of a new child into the family home
  • The care of a family member with a serious health condition
  • A family member being deployed abroad on active military service

Categories: Disability Benefits

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January 9, 2018

Your 5-Step Post-PFL Checklist for Compliance, Productivity and Employee Satisfaction

Paid Family Leave (PFL) is here. You’ve spoken to your insurance agent or broker and added the rider to your mandatory New York State DBL coverage.

But are you really ready for PFL? Making sure you take these five steps can help reduce confusion about the new benefit, improve employee satisfaction, and minimize the impact of paid leave on your company’s bottom line. 

Categories: Disability Benefits

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July 11, 2017

Prepare Your Clients for NY PFL for Employees with a Sick Family Member

Caring for a loved one who is seriously injured or ill can be a difficult and emotionally challenging time for a family. The New York Paid Family Leave (PFL) regulation ensures job-protected leave for employees to care for family members that qualify as seriously injured or ill.

Categories: Disability Benefits

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July 6, 2017

How Much Disability Coverage Do Your Clients Need?

By Barbra Merwin

Helping clients find the right amount of coverage to protect their business (and their employees) is a tough job for agents. But it’s an important responsibility that could mean the difference between a lost client and a client for life. In terms of disability coverage, one of the most common questions we get from agents is a seemingly simple one: How much disability coverage does my client need?

Categories: Disability Benefits

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