As our economy struggles, it is especially important that lawmakers put in place these basic family-friendly policies to help working families avoid financial catastrophe when illness strikes or new babies come. Paid leave laws are also good for businesses, helping them retain the skilled workers they have trained.
New Jersey’s new law will expand the state’s temporary disability insurance program to give workers up to six weeks of family leave benefits to care for a sick family member or a newborn or newly adopted child. It provides temporary disability insurance benefits at two-thirds of wage replacement up to a maximum of $524 per week in 2008. It will be financed by a small employee payroll deduction.
The National Partnership for Women & Families congratulates all our partners, including the New Jersey Time to Care coalition (http://www.njtimetocare.rutgers.edu/), for this great victory. California passed a paid leave law in 2002 which took effect in 2004; it also provides six weeks of partial pay to workers who take family leave, and is funded through the state’s disability insurance program. Washington State passed a paid family leave law last May.
The New Jersey state senate took a significant step forward today. This is a good day for workers in New Jersey and the nation."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.