Disability Leave Measure Gains Final Legislative Approval, Sent to Governor

A disability leave measure received final legislative approval Thursday and has been sent to Gov. Phil Murphy, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill (A2762) provides that when a covered individual applies for temporary disability benefits for disability resulting from pregnancy or the birth of a child, the plan administering the covered individual’s benefits must automatically process an application for that individual to its paid family leave benefits program, unless the individual affirmatively opts out of that program.

The application for benefits should be processed to allow the family leave benefits, if approved, to begin immediately following the end of the temporary disability benefits, unless the individual notifies the plan that the individual wants to postpone or opt-out of the family leave.