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More than 5,000 have used N.J. state paid family leave

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New Jersey is one of two states in the nation that offers paid family leave to workers. According to Gov. Jon Corzine’s office, the number of workers using the program passed 5,000 in September—not bad for a program that started July 1.

Of those taking leave, 81% took time off to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child. The rest used the time to care for a seriously ill family member.

Employees fund the program entirely through a 0.09% payroll deduction, up to a maximum of $26.01 in 2009. In 2010, the deduction rises to 0.12%.

The program provides up to two-thirds of the workers’ normal pay up to $546 per week.

Employers may require employees to use up to two weeks of paid leave before taking paid family leave. Workers must provide employers with prior notice and medical certification of the need for leave.

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