According to a recent report in the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora is planning to propose legislation to improve paid family leave benefits.
The New Jersey Paid Family Leave Act, which was passed in 2009, permits eligible employees to take up to 6 weeks of paid family leave per year. Employees who take family leave receive up to two-thirds of their compensation, with a maximum benefit of $615 per week.
Assemblyman Gusciora is seeking to add protection against retaliation for employees who take time off under the Paid Family Leave Act. Although there are many other statutes that protect employees against retaliation under certain circumstances, currently there is no such protection in the Act.