Paid Family Leave Expansion Vote Canceled

In the last scheduled voting session of the year, both the Senate and Assembly canceled scheduled votes on legislation to expand New Jersey’s paid family leave program, reportedly to give lawmakers more time to discuss the issue.

While the bill was held for now, it can be brought back up for a vote at any time.

The bill would double the length of leave employees can take from six weeks to 12 and increase benefits to 85 percent of a worker’s weekly wages. Businesses with 30 or more employees would also have to provide job protected leave, instead of only those with 50 or more employees under existing law.

New Jersey is one of only four states that have implemented a paid family leave law.