New Jersey Family Leave and Disability Amendments

On February 19, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed an amendment into law that increases entitlements under the state’s paid temporary disability and family leave law. As of July 1, 2019, Family Leave Insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance payments have been increased to 85% of an employee’s pay, up to a maximum of $860 per week. In addition, continuous leave for the care of a newborn or to care for a sick family member will double from 6 to 12 weeks and intermittent leave will increase from 42 to 56 days. In addition, the definition of a family member has been expanded, including to “individual that the employee shows to have a close association with the employee which is the equivalent of a family relationship.” The amendment applies generally to a business with 30 or more employees and there are penalties which may come into play for non-compliant employers.