New Jersey Expands Paid Leave Benefits To Cover Those Impacted By COVID-19

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
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On the evening of March 25, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Senate Bill 2304 into law to expand New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Insurance (“TDI”) and Family Leave Insurance (“FLI”) programs to provide workers with access to paid leave benefits during public health emergencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, S2304 expands the definition of a “serious health condition” under the TDI and FLI programs so that employees can qualify for benefits if they need to take time off from work during a public health emergency because they are diagnosed with, or suspected of exposure to, a communicable disease or they need to take care of a family member diagnosed with, or suspected of exposure to, a communicable disease.

S2304 also expands the New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law to permit the use of earned sick time by employees who are unable to work due to, among other things, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor, or upon the recommendation that the employee quarantine, or care for a family member in quarantine, as a result of suspected exposure to a communicable disease and a finding that the presence in the community of the employee or family member would jeopardize the health of others.

CSG will continue to monitor any proposed or passed legislation and keep you updated on any employment-related issues.

 

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