Last Friday, May 2nd, New Jersey became the third state in the Nation to adopt a Paid Family Leave Law upon signing by Governor Corzine.
The new law extends the State’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance program (TDI) to provide up to six weeks of benefits to employees when they take leave to care for a sick family member or to be with the employee’s newborn or newly adopted children.
The Paid Family Leave Act applies to all private and governmental employers subject to the unemployment compensation law and is strictly anemployee funded benefit program.
We have been informed by the State Department of Labor, the lead agency responsible for writing the regulations and implementation procedures, that all employers will receive continuous educational memos and notices throughout this process. The first explanatory notice to employers is expected in early fall. The employer handbook is also being updated for distribution. The new assessment on employee wages will begin January 1, 2009. Payment of family leave benefits commences on July 1, 2009.
The Governor’s statement accompanied by a fact sheet on the new law can be accessed at www.nj.gov. Look under News Headlines and click Governor Signs Historic Family