New Jersey is poised to become the third state in the nation to guarantee employees paid leave to care for a newborn or a sick relative.
The new bill passed the State Senate on March 3, and at this writing is expected to be approved by the Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine.
Workers will receive up to six weeks of leave with pay at a rate of two-thirds of their salaries, up to a maximum of $524 per week. on every worker in the state of up to 64 cents per week, or $33 per year, will finance the leave.
The Senate vote came just as new economic data was released, showing New Jersey had lost 9,500 jobs in January, the most of any state.
State Sen. Kevin O’Toole approved of the concept but objected to the cost. “We have the heart for it,” O’Toole said. “We don’t have the wallet for it.”
State Attorney General Anne Milgram expressed concern that the bill might leave small businesses susceptible to lawsuits, as it allows businesses with fewer than 50 employees to tell workers who use the leave that their jobs are not guaranteed.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies
- Suspect employee is scamming FMLA leave? Investigate--and discipline if it's true
- Under new FMLA rules, think twice before automatically firing workers who don't call in
- How much time off must we grant for school activities?
- Offer FMLA, but still enforce attendance rules