Senate Labor Committee Advances Bill to Expand Paid Family Leave

Today, a bill to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave program was approved by the Senate Labor Committee. The proposal would increase benefit levels and available time-off for workers in New Jersey who need to take care of a newborn baby or sick family member.

Senate Labor Committee Vote on S-2528

YES – Fred Madden, Chair (D)
YES – Patrick Diegnan (D)
Abstain – Dawn Marie Addiego (R)
NO – Anthony Bucco (R)
YES – Sandra Cunningham (D)

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. While the expansion measure was vetoed last year by Governor Christie, we are optimistic about its prospects under the Murphy administration which continues to prove that it stands with working families.

We thank the bill’s prime sponsor, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Senate Labor Committee Chair Fred Madden for holding a hearing on the bill, during which the New Jersey State AFL-CIO joined with affiliates and community partners to testify in support.

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.

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