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New Jersey Employers Face New Leave Requirement

Beginning October 1, 2013, many New Jersey public and private employers will be required to grant job-protected leave to victims of domestic violence or sexually-violent offenses, and also to family members of such victims. That is the effective date of the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act, known as the SAFE Act, which applies to employers with 25 or more employees; it provides for 20 days of unpaid leave in a 12-month period.

NJDOL Issues Additional Guidance On New Paid Family Leave Law.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) continues to provide employers with additional information regarding the new Paid Family Leave Law. Both English and Spanish language version posters are now available on the NJDOL’s website. Also, a detailed new Question and Answer sheet is available, which provides important payroll information (including how to report employee contributions on Form NJ927 and W-2s).

New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Law Going Into Effect.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) recently issued regulations implementing the State's new Family Leave Insurance (FLI) law, which provides up to six weeks paid leave to employees who miss work in order to care for family members who are unable to care for themselves, or to care for newly-born or adopted children. While no FLI leaves may be taken prior to July 1, 2009, there are several steps which employers must take immediately.

NJDOL Issues Mandatory Paid Family Leave Act Workplace Poster, Further Guidance for Employers.

Last week, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) issued additional guidance concerning the new Paid Family Leave Insurance Law (commonly referred to as the “Paid Family Leave Act”) on its website, at http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/fli/fliindex.html. Most significantly, the NJDOL’s website now contains a copy of the mandatory workplace poster concerning the new law.

Proposed Family Leave Insurance Regulations Issued.

On October 6, 2008, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) issued its long-awaited proposed regulations implementing New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law, formally known as the “Family Leave Insurance Law.” (For a detailed fact sheet on the new law, click here). The proposed regulations provide clarification and guidance in a number of areas under the new law, which are discussed further below.

NJDOL Publishes Proposed Regulations Concerning New Jersey's Paid Family Leave Law.

On September 2 and September 15, 2008, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) issued proposed regulations aimed at implementing New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave legislation, the controversial new law signed by Governor Jon Corzine on May 2, 2008. The new law gives all employees up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or a sick relative. Benefits under the law will be provided through the State Disability Fund or private insurance plans. (Workers will begin making contributions to the Fund on January 1, 2009, and will be able to receive payment under the new law starting July 1, 2009.)

Limited Paid Family Leave Law Guidance Released by NJDOL.

The New Jersey DOL has yet to issue regulations implementing the new Paid Family Leave Law, but the DOL has posted some additional information on its website for employers.

New Jersey Paid Family Leave Law Fact Sheet.

Which Employers are Covered?

New Jersey to Employers: "Pay Employees for Leave".

On July 1, 2009, New Jersey will join the short list of two other states – California and Washington – that have enacted laws providing paid leave for employees who miss work to care for family members unable to care for themselves, or to care for newly-born or adopted children.

New Jersey Senate Approves Paid Family Leave Bill Despite Strong Opposition from Business Groups.

On Monday, April 7, 2008, the New Jersey Senate passed a controversial bill (A873) which gives all employees, without regard to employer size, the right to six weeks paid leave to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or sick relative. As a result, New Jersey is set to become only the third state in the country (joining California and Washington) to provide employees with paid family leave as Governor Jon Corzine has said that he will sign the bill into law.
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