New Jersey Expands Paid Family Leave!
Earlier this week the governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, signed off on the legislation that will extend paid family leave from six to twelve weeks in New Jersey.
On top of the extension of time off New Jersey also increased the benefit cap from 53% to 70% of the average weekly wage! Which means that the ma pay to can make per week is now $860 a week compared to the original $650/week.
This may not seem like a big difference, but compared to most states that don’t offer anything this is a huge jump. But lets put it into perspective, they were raised from two-thirds to 85%. The lawmakers in New Jersey are hoping by raising the paid leave that this will encourage parents to stay home with their newborn children. Taking leave not only benefits the babies but also the parents and their family.
Not only have they made maternity leave the best one in America but New Jersey is also making it easier for the family to take off for sick family members.
.@GovMurphy at a library in Piscataway to sign an expansion of NJ’s paid family leave program. Goes from six weeks to 12, wage replacement rate increased from 67%-85% ($860 per week max), expanded definition of family @wcbs880 pic.twitter.com/p6Dl2xTAqS
— Steve Burns (@StvBurns) February 19, 2019
Since the New Jerseys new paid leave is funded through payroll deductions workers will see an increase in their deductions. But Murphy believes that benefits will outweigh the negatives of the paid leave benefits.
You will begin to see the new benefits go in effect starting in July 2020. Making Halloween the perfect time to get pregnant, well if you are in New Jersey that is ;).