New Jersey has become the third state to adopt paid family leave. The law will allow workers to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for newborns, newly adopted children or sick relatives.

Workers, who will pay for the benefit through payroll deductions starting Jan. 1, will be entitled to two-thirds of their salary, up to $524 a week. California already has a paid leave law, and Washington state’s will start in October.

Meanwhile, a proposal to provide paid parental leave to federal employees is making its way through Congress, which has cut the original plan from eight weeks to four.

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