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When your leave or extension crosses calendar and/or benefit years

If your leave or extension straddles calendar and/or benefit years, annual changes to eligibility calculations and benefit amounts affect how much you’re paid, your eligibility, and other factors.

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If your leave or extension overlaps calendar and/or benefit years

If your leave or extension spans 2 calendar years, annual changes affect eligibility calculations and benefit amounts. As a result, benefit payments will be determined based on the start date of the requested leave, not the application date.  In addition, if your leave occurs within the same benefit year but spans calendar years, it will affect your total leave allotment and benefit amounts.

So for 2022, leaves that start on or after January 1 will be eligible for up to $1084.31 per week (the new maximum benefit amount), leaves starting before that date will be eligible for up to $850 per week (the old maximum benefit amount). Use this calculator to estimate your weekly benefits.

For specific leave situations, the rate change will apply as follows:

  • Paid Family and Medical Leave with a start date in 2022
    • If Ash begins their leave in January 2022, they will be eligible for up to $1084.31 each week.
      • It does not matter when Ash applies for this leave, they can apply in either December 2021 or January 2022
  • Extensions for existing leaves
    • Imagine that Beau begins a leave in December, and their leave is supposed to end in January. However, they learn they need additional time off. Beau can then file an extension.
      • The initial claim will be eligible for up to $850 each week up to the effective date of the extension.
      • When the extension begins, Beau will be eligible for up to $1084.31 each week.
  • Bonding leave following a pregnancy-related medical leave
    • Cal is a gestational parent that started pregnancy-related medical leave that begins in December.
      • The entirety of the medical leave will be eligible for up to $850 each week even if that medical leave continues into 2022.
      • If Cal transitions to bonding leave in 2022 after the medical leave concludes, their bonding leave (that commences on or after January 1) will be eligible for up to $1084.31 each week.
  • Second leaves completed within a single benefit year
    • Dee took 4 weeks of medical leave starting in October 2021 and files for a second medical leave starting on January 15, 2022.
      • The leave starting on January 15, 2022 will be eligible for the 2022 rate
      • Dee will be subject to a second 7 day waiting period for January 15-January 22, 2022.
  • Intermittent Leave starting in 2021, with first reported dates of leave in 2022
    • Eli has an intermittent leave that would allow them to take time off starting in December 2021 but doesn’t take any time off until January 2022.
      • The benefit rate should be established based on the date of first absence.

The rate change will not apply to:

  • Leave that starts in 2021 and has dates in 2022
    • Finn begins their leave in December 2021
      • They will be eligible for up to $850 each week for the full course of their leave.
      • The rate will not change through the course of their leave, even if the leave continues into 2022.
Date published: January 18, 2022
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