On January 8, 2008, a bill (A1180) was introduced that would modify the New Jersey Family Leave Act to require covered employers to provide up to 48 hours of unpaid leave per year (in increments as short as 2 hours), to allow parents to accompany their child to routine medical or dental appointments, including checkups or vaccinations, and to participate in school functions or activities of a child of the employee (such as theatrical productions, sporting events, classroom observations, parent-teacher conferences or other meetings concerning the education of the child.)   A similar law is in effect in Massachusetts, for instance, but that law only provides up to 24 hours of such unpaid leave per year.

Note: This article was published in the April 1, 2008 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.

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