New Jersey employers are reminded that employees will be eligible for paid family leave benefits under the New Jersey Family Leave Insurance (NJFLI) law beginning July 1, 2009. As we have advised in prior alerts, the NJFLI law is a wage replacement law that gives eligible employees partial wage replacement (two-thirds of an employee’s regular weekly wage up to a maximum of $546 per week) for up to six weeks when taking leave to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or a sick relative. Employee payroll deductions to fund the benefits were required to commence January 1, 2009. Benefits under the law will be provided through the State Disability Fund or private insurance plans. There are no job protection or return rights under the NJFLI.
Note: This article was published in the May 2009 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority.