Trenton – State-signature programs for temporary disability benefits and paid family leave would give increased payouts, under legislation drafted by Sen. Joe Cryan, which was approved by a Senate committee today .
The bill, S-508, would increase the maximum benefit for insurance programs that allow employees time off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, parent, child. a sick spouse or child, or to recover from a temporary disability. The limit would increase from 70% to 85% of the average state weekly wage, which would increase from $993 to $1,206.
The change will bring parity to the formula so that all beneficiaries are treated fairly, Senator Cryan said.
“This bill will create a lifeline for people in times of need,” said Sen. Cryan (D-Union). “Benefits support the economic stability of working families and look after the health and well-being of employees so they can take care of their family members. They should not be afraid of losing their job or suffering a loss of salary. The Covid crisis has underscored the need and benefits of these programs.
The Temporary Disability Insurance Program and the Paid Family Leave Act are insurance programs supported by employers and employees. New Jersey has been at the forefront of family leave, as one of the first states to offer good benefits. Disability benefits are now claimed by state workers and employers.
The bill was approved by the Senate Labor Committee by a vote of 3 to 1. It now goes to the Senate Budget Committee.