New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation expanding job-protected leave under Family Leave and SAFE Acts, and available benefits under Family Leave Insurance to employers with 30 employees effective June 30, 2019.
Under the current law, employees may use the paid family leave benefit “to care for a family member with a serious health condition, or to bond with a newly born or adopted child”.
Under the Family Leave Act, the expansion allows employees to take leave “to care for any child age 18 or older, a sibling, grandparent, grandchild, domestic partner, foster parent, any individual related by blood, or any other individual with a close association equivalent to a family relationship,” effective immediately.
As outlined by JD Supra, changes effective immediately include the following:
- Benefits are available for leave to care for a child regardless of age, a child conceived through a gestational carrier agreement, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, parent-in-law, foster parent, any individual related by blood, or any other individual with a close association equivalent to a family relationship (Previously, benefits were limited to a child under 19 or incapable of self-care, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner or parent).
- Family Leave Insurance (NJFLI) provides New Jersey workers with benefits during time-off from work to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child, or to provide care for a seriously ill or injured family member.
- Employers are prohibited from discharging, harassing, threatening, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee with respect to the compensation, terms, conditions, or other privileges of employment, including reinstatement, because the employee took or requested NJFLI.
Failure to comply with notice requirements regarding leave and benefits may result in fines. Employers should inform managers and supervisors of policy changes, and look for updated notices from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
For more details on this legislation, please click here.
The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from JD Supra on February 25, 2019, written by Rosemary Gousman and Alvaro Hasani.