Back on May 2, 2008, New Jersey Governor Corzine signed the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance Law. Funding the benefits payable under this Law began (by payroll deduction) in January 1, 2009. The Law will provide up to six (6) weeks of benefits-paid by the State- to a covered individual who takes a qualifying leave of absence that begins on or after July 1, 2009.
Generally, a “covered individual” is any individual who has a job which is covered by the New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law. A “qualifying leave of absence” is any leave which is taken in order to:
–Bond with a child during the first 12 months after the child’s birth, if the covered individual (or the domestic partner or civil union partner of the covered individual) is a biological parent of the child, or during the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption with the covered individual; or
–Care for a family member with a serious health condition, if supported by a certification provided by a health care provider. A “family member” is a child, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner or parent of a covered individual.
More information on the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance Law may be found here, at the website of the New Jersey Department of Labor. Employers may have to develop new procedures to handle leaves taken under this Law. Those procedures should be coordinated with the employer’s procedures for the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the New Jersey Family Leave Act.