Paid Family Leave Held in Senate Budget Committee

Legislation to expand New Jersey’s paid family leave law was held in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Monday.

The bill (S2528) would double the length of time employees could take leave from work from six to twelve weeks and increase the income benefit they would receive while on leave. It also would include more small businesses, requiring those with only 30 employees or more to comply. New Jersey’s current paid family leave law only applies to businesses with 50 or more employees.

New Jersey is one of only three states that now have a paid family leave benefit. The others are Rhode Island and California, in addition to the District of Columbia.

Expansion of the state’s paid family leave law was among a number of workplace-related mandates that then gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy campaigned on in 2017. 

While the bill was held Monday, it could be rescheduled for consideration at any time.