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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave each year for specified family and medical reasons.
The law contains provisions relating to employer coverage; employee eligibility for benefits of the law; entitlement to leave; maintenance of health benefits during leave; job restoration after leave; notice and certification of the need for FMLA leave; and protections for employees who request or take FMLA leave.
The New Jersey State Family Leave Act (NJFLA) grants eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave in a 24 month period for certain family and medical reasons. The leave may be taken in cases of birth or adoption of a child, or serious illness of a parent, child, spouse, or civil union partner.
This law which took effect on July 1, 2009 extends the state’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance program to provide paid insurance benefits to New Jersey workers who take time off to care for newborn and newly adopted children, or sick family members. Claims may be filed for 6 consecutive weeks, intermittent weeks, or 42 intermittent days during a 12 month period beginning with the first date of the claim.