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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


  • The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) requires private employers with 30 or more employees to provide eligible employees with leave for: (1) the birth of a child or placement for adoption or foster care of a child; or (2) the serious health condition of a covered family member. 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, 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 Pregnant Workers.
  • New Jersey employers, regardless of size, must provide earned sick and safe time to eligible employees. See New Jersey Paid Sick Leave.