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Expansion of Paid Family Leave Vetoed By Governor

We previously reported on a bill seeking to amend New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Insurance Law.  The bill sought to double the amount of available paid family leave from six weeks to twelve weeks, and to increase the cap on weekly benefits from $633 to $932.  The bill also sought to expand the definition of “family members” eligible to receive benefits and to expand the availability of benefits to be taken on an intermittent leave basis.

Citing costs, increased taxes, and the negative impact that this bill would have on business and especially small businesses in New Jersey, on July 21, 2017, Governor Christie issued a conditional veto, rejecting the proposed expansion of this law.  For now, at least, the paid family leave program that began in New Jersey 8 years ago will continue in its current state.

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