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Other Leaves: New Jersey

Other Leaves 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 has several state-specific leave requirements. Therefore, due to the interplay between state and federal law, leaves of absence in New Jersey can be complicated. See New Jersey - Leaves of Absence.
  • The New Jersey Family Leave Act mandates that an employer grant an eligible employee a leave of absence under certain circumstances. See New Jersey Family Leave Act.
  • The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination may require an employer to grant an employee with a disability a leave of absence as a reasonable accommodation. See New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
  • New Jersey employers, regardless of size, must provide earned sick and safe time to eligible employees. See New Jersey Paid Sick Leave.
  • Similar to federal law, under the New Jersey Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1979, New Jersey employers must restore full-time or part-time employees who left their jobs to perform military service to their position or a position of like seniority, status and pay, as long as the employee meets certain reinstatement requirements (and the employer's circumstances have not changed to make it impossible or unreasonable to do so). See Military Leave.
  • All employers in New Jersey must provide jury duty leave to employees. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • The Emergency Responders Employment Protection Act provides job protection to certain active volunteer emergency responders in good standing. See The Emergency Responders Employment Protection Act.
  • The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act requires covered employers to provide up to 20 days of unpaid job-protected leave to eligible employees who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and for certain family members who are victims. See New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ Safe Act or SAFE Act).