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FMLA: New Jersey

FMLA requirements for other states

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

Author: Jeanine R. Idrissa, Littler


  • In addition to the federal laws, employers may also be required to provide leave under New Jersey Family Leave Act. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) requires a covered employer to provide eligible employees with leave for: (1) the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child; or (2) a covered family member's serious health condition. See New Jersey Family Leave Act.
  • Employees may be eligible for temporary disability benefits (TDB) while on leave under the NJFLA or federal FMLA. The TDB program includes paid family leave insurance benefits when an employee is out of work to bond with a newborn child, newly adopted child or newly placed foster child, to care for an ill family member or for reasons related to domestic or sexual violence. See Temporary Disability Benefits; Paid Family Leave.
  • Pregnant employees may be entitled to a leave of absence as an accommodation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. See Pregnancy Leave and Accommodation.
  • New Jersey employers, regardless of size, must provide earned sick and safe time to eligible employees. See Paid Sick Leave.
  • Other types of leave may be available to New Jersey employees - some required by federal law, and some provided by company policy, as well as several sources of income replacement. See Interaction of Leave Laws.