The Assembly Appropriations Committee in New Jersey approved an expansion in family leave benefits on Monday. The proposed family leave law would increase benefits and give workers job protection. Assemblymen voted 8-2 in support of the law that would increase the benefits available to caregivers of newborns or ill family members. Currently, the program offers new parents or caregivers at least six weeks of family leave benefits, equal to two-thirds of their pay, but capped at around $630 per week. Now the eligibility period would increase from six to 12 weeks, and the amount of reimbursement would be capped at about $930. In addition to only children, parents, spouses, domestic and civil union partners, other family members including siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law would be considered caregivers. As per Assembly bill A4927, employees of companies with at least 20 employees on staff, instead of 50 employees, would be granted job protection as part of the insurance plan.
If Assembly Bill A4927 is enacted into law, new parents and caregivers would not need to rush back to their jobs when their child or ill family member requires their attention. With an adequate amount of time to tend to their loved one’s needs, they will return to their jobs or equivalent positions ready to commit their time and dedication to work. The already established New Jersey family leave program is one of only a few state-sponsored programs in the country.
If you believe your rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) have been violated, call the New Jersey FMLA lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. at 215-569-1999. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to discuss how we can assist you in your case. Our office is in Philadelphia, and we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.