Gavel on paid family leave form.

The Legislature will vote Monday on whether to expand New Jersey’s existing paid family leave law to provide workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave and increase the amount of the benefit. NJBIA opposes the bill because of the potential increased costs to small employers.

The bill would double the length of leave employees can take from six weeks to 12 and increase benefits to 85 percent of a worker’s weekly wages. Businesses with 30 or more employees would also have to provide job protected leave, instead of only those with 50 or more employees under existing law.

“Small businesses are scrambling to comply with increasing employer mandates including paid sick leave and a looming minimum wage increase,” said NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Wallace. “In light of these and other cumulative costs on small and medium-size businesses, we strongly urge our policymakers to stop and assess the impact this legislation and other policy initiatives will have on New Jersey’s business climate.”

New Jersey is one of only four states that have implemented a paid family leave law, and one of only two states that has both paid family leave and temporary disability insurance programs. Expanding the length of paid family leave will force small businesses to pay more overtime to workers or hire replacement employees for longer periods of time. With more employees utilizing these programs there may also be a negative impact on employers’ TDI rates.

14 responses to “Paid Family Leave Expansion Bill Gets Floor Vote Monday”

  1. John Paragian says:

    Who do we contact to tell them this makes us uncompetitive with other states.

  2. Frank says:

    Can NJBIA start a campaign to send letters to these Legislators to wake up and stop hurting small businesses?
    What is going on with NJ Government!? What a disconnect from small businesses….
    Thank you…

  3. Sarah says:

    I just cannot fathom how STUPID Democrats are as a whole. It’s absolutely mind boggling. Let’s just pay everyone in the state to stay home and not work. That way we don’t have to waste time and money getting there incrementally. Moving my family and business out as soon as I can.

  4. Brian says:

    It seems if you don’t like working or your just to lazy to work then New Jersey is the place to be No need to work to improve your self just show up.

  5. Ken says:

    The first family leave law is wildly abused and now they want to expand it! How about passing a bill on term limits to get these bums out.

  6. George says:

    So we have expanded family leave, paid sick leave, projections to move the minimum wage to 15.00 per hour and I have to hire someone to track all the stuff I have to have but I can’t use because I have to continue to work 80 hours a week to pay for it all. And with the additional mandate of every person in New Jersey has to have health insurance I am sure the state will find a way to make the lowly employer putting 4 percent to their bottom line to pay for it. Consumer Beware prices must go up

  7. Marie says:

    NJBIA please post the legislators contact information and sample scripts so that we can appose this as a group.

  8. Bob Gaum says:

    As a small machine shop , it is hard now to compete with shops from other states .With is law it will even be harder . If you can not complete you close the doors and collect unemployment. That really works?

  9. Ron says:

    Really stupid! Hey Murphy I want my $15.00 per hr.when I serve on jury duty!

  10. Richard says:

    I got around The sick pay by cutting my employees vacation time.
    I’m just gonna have to lay off to employees and get under 30 to avoid another bogus democratic Charge.
    Government will never force me to pay one nickel more than I want to pay my employees.

  11. Dan Hertz says:

    Here come the robots! My Company is going all in on automation since Murphy and the Union crew, excuse me, I mean our legislators, see NJ employees as more important than the Companies who are trying to create jobs for them. Go ahead NJ legislators, keep increasing the cost of employment: watch the jobs in New Jersey disappear. Our governance has the pedal to the floor to rush NJ businesses to a disastrous ending. Watch the urban blight of Trenton, Newark and Camden spread. Its all coming to your town folks. What the hell has happened to our State!?

  12. Frank Ritota says:

    Our legislators will do whatever it takes to “buy”votes. They keep appeasing the public, especially in the cities. Soon unemployment will start to rise and then the legislators will demand higher unemployment taxes. This state is going to go the way of California and end up even more broke than it already is. Glad I am about to exit from business.

  13. Aljada says:

    Exactly! NJBIA opposes the bill because of the potential increased costs to small employers.