The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development expanded family leave and temporary disability benefits Wednesday.
Beneficiaries of both programs can now receive up to 85% of their average weekly salary instead of two-thirds of the same. The program’s weekly limit was bumped to $881, from $667.
“New Jersey is a recognized national leader in workers’ rights and income-sustaining benefits programs, and the expansion of our generous benefits further demonstrates the Murphy Administration’s dedication to the health and well-being of our workers,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said. “These increased benefits will enhance income and job security for our state’s workers during the times in their lives when they need it most.”
At the same time, the state is doubling the number of consecutive weeks of family leave benefits workers can claim each year from six to 12. Non-consecutive family leave days are up to 56, from 42 days.
Those whose leave begins on July 1 or later are eligible for the new benefits.
“Workers should not have to risk losing their job or their income in order to take care of themselves and their loved ones during important life milestones or health adversities,” Asaro-Angelo said. “We thank the Governor and our legislative partners for their dedication to New Jersey workers.”