PERI & STEWART PARTNER, MICHAEL A. MALIA, INDUCTED AS PRESIDENT OF THE NEW JERSEY DEFENSE ASSOCIATION

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Peri & Stewart is pleased to announce that Partner, Michael A. Malia, was inducted on June 29th as the 54th President of the New Jersey Defense Association (N.J.D.A.) at the 53rd annual convention at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Mr. Malia previously served as the N.J.D.A.’s President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Director, and has chaired the ADR and Fraud Committees, the latter which he founded. His diverse litigation experience includes representing clients, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies, in fraud suits: insurance, healthcare, financial and consumer; anti-bullying and education law matters; personal injury cases; commercial litigation; insurance coverage disputes; and product liability suits.

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.