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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Gov. Conditionally Vetoes Temporary Disability/Family Leave Bill

On August 27, Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed A-4118, which permits individuals to submit temporary disability and family leave insurance claims up to 60 days prior to the commencement of leave if the individual knowns in advance when the leave will begin. The Division of Unemployment and Temporary Disability Insurance would be required to immediately process the claim and pay the claim upon the commencement of the leave. This would apply to leaves that include, but are not limited to, pregnancy, childbirth, childcare after birth or adoption, scheduled medical procedures, treatments or appointments for the individual or a family member, or scheduled ongoing care for the individual or a family member.

In his conditional veto the Governor expressed that he “unequivocally support[s]” the expansion of this benefit but noted he identified “significant issues with the infrastructure supporting these programs.” Therefore, he vetoed the bill to change the implementation date from effective immediately to one year after the date of enactment. In the meantime, the Governor has directed the Department of Labor Workforce Development to work with Office of Information Technology to coordinate a strategy for implementation and modernization of the department’s computer system.

The conditional veto awaits consideration by the full Assembly.

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