New Jersey's new law, passed in 2008 and taking effect in 2009, will expand the state's temporary disability insurance (TDI) program to give workers up to six weeks of family leave benefits to care for a seriously ill family member or a newborn or newly adopted child. Workers will receive two-thirds of their weekly salary up to $524 per week.
New Jersey is the third state to provide paid family leave. California began providing family leave benefits in 2004. Washington State passed a paid family leave bill last May. New Jersey workers will began to receive benefits July of 2009.
How Does Paid Family Leave Work?
- The program expands NJ's existing Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program to include periods of absence due to temporary family disability.
- FLI is 100% employee-funded through small payroll deductions from employees (no more than 64 cents per week)
- All NJ workers who contribute to the program will be able to draw benefits starting July 1, 2009.
- Employees who utilize the program receive 2/3rds of their normal pay, for up to 6 weeks, capped at $524 for 2008, similar to NJ's TDI and Unemployment Insurance programs.
- Employees taking family leave must submit document from a doctor to their employer certifying that their family member is seriously ill.
- Small businesses with less than 50 employees are exempt from the paid family leave insurance program. NJ public employees in state and local government are included under this program and will be eligible for its benefits.