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Maternity Leave in New York State

How does New York State's new paid family leave policy dovetail with short term disability policies? I'm trying to decide whether to purchase additional short term disability coverage to cover wage losses during my next pregnancy. New York State has passed Paid Family Leave and so I understand if I give birth in 2018 I will be eligible for approximately 50% of my salary for 8 weeks. What is unclear to me is whether I would first take 6 weeks of short term disability and then 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave? Or is the short term disability taken at the same time as Paid Family Leave and so I would collect disability and paid family leave at the same time up to 100% of my salary. In that case it wouldn't make sense to purchase additional disability coverage. I can't find an answer anywhere, and my employer and their short term disability carrier Aflak don't know either.

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