POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Legislature passes expanded paid family leave bill

The Legislature has approved a bill to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Law.

It would give eligible workers more paid leave to care for a newborn or other family member and more money for each day of leave they take.

The bill would increase the eligibility period from six weeks to 12 in any one-year time period.

The measure would also increase the benefit from two-thirds of a worker’s average weekly wage to 85 percent of pay, capped at 70 percent of the average weekly wage for all workers in the state.

Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and family members who care for these victims would also be eligible for the insurance program, as well as siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and others.

The bill now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.