New York is one of a handful of states that require employers to provide disability benefits coverage to employees for an off-the-job injury or illness. Cash benefits are 50 percent of a claimant’s average weekly wage, but no more than the maximum benefit allowed, currently $170 per week. Benefits are paid for a maximum of 26 weeks of disability during 52 consecutive weeks. Coverage for statutory disability benefits can be obtained through a disability benefits insurance carrier who is authorized by the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board to write such policies. Another option is for large employers to become authorized by the Board to self-insure.