New Jersey expands medical leave laws
The Earned Sick Leave (ESL) Law in New Jersey gives employees up to 40 hours of accrued paid sick leave per year. This can be used for a broader range of reasons extending to needs associated with family members of the employee.
The New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA) that provides employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave to use for family members with serious health conditions has also been expanded. The Employer size has been reduced from 50+ to 30+ employees, the definition of a family member has been expanded, and the notice requirement has been reduced from 30 to 15 days.
Finally, the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance Law (FLI) was amended to increase both the amount of paid leave time an employee can take to care for a new child from 6 to 12 weeks and the weekly pay cap during leave. An employee can now also take leave to care for a family member suffering from domestic violence or a sexually violent incident.