In February of this year, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that expanded the Family Leave Act. While some of the expansion took effect immediately, other changes are phased in.
The Family Leave Act provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to provide care for a family member with a serious health condition. The Family Leave Act also allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for and bond with a newborn child, or an adopted or foster child.
Prior to the expansion only employers with 50 or more employees were covered. However, as of June 30, 2019, employers with 30 or more employees must comply with the Family Leave Act. That means that many employers who did not previously have to provide family leave to employees now have to.
To avoid potential liability, damages, and penalties for non-compliance, employers now affected by this expansion should update their policies and ensure compliance.
For more information, please contact Parker McCay’s Employment and Labor Department.
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