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Legally Required Benefits: New Jersey

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John Sarno, Employers Association of New Jersey


  • New Jersey is one of only three states that provides Family Leave Insurance, which enables eligible employees to receive up to six weeks of monetary benefits when out of work to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, or an ill family member. See Family Leave Insurance.
  • New Jersey employers are required to provide Family Leave Insurance. See Family Leave Insurance.
  • Family Leave Insurance is paid for by a mandatory payroll tax on employees only. See Family Leave Insurance.
  • Employees must meet extensive eligibility criteria to receive Family Leave Insurance benefits. See Employee Eligibility and Maximum Benefits.
  • Under certain circumstances an employer may require employees to use up to two weeks of paid leave to offset the Family Leave Insurance benefit. See Implications of Employer Paid Time Off.
  • Employers are required to give employees notice of Family Leave Insurance benefits. See Employer Notices.
  • Unemployment insurance is a program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. See Unemployment Compensation.
  • Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Unemployment Compensation.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • New Jersey has some unique eligibility criteria and claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and posting requirements under the unemployment compensation law. See Recordkeeping; Posting.