Yesterday, Senate Democrats revealed a plan to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law. The proposal would increase benefit levels and available time-off for workers in New Jersey who need to take care of a sick family member or loved one.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to spearhead our state’s Paid Family Leave law in 2009 with the support of our affiliates, community partners, and elected officials. We thank Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senator Patrick Diegnan for championing the expansion of this important law. Furthermore, we thank Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, Chair of the Regulatory Oversight Committee, for holding a hearing on the issue in December during which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO testified in support.
Our state’s Paid Family Leave policy ensures that workers don’t have to choose between their jobs and family. The proposed expansion would extend benefits from six to twelve weeks for one year, and increase weekly benefits from two-thirds to 80 percent of a worker’s weekly wage.
Taking care of our families isn’t just about going to work every day, it’s also about being there for loved ones in their time of need. This is a proven effective policy that benefits workers, families, and reaffirms our state values.
The labor movement looks forward to once again playing the critical role in strengthening this landmark achievement and we are thankful for the solidarity of affiliates that will ensure our success.