By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed S. 2304 into law to expand the State’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI) programs to provide more workers with access to paid leave benefits during public health emergencies such as the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. S. 2304 became effective on March 25, 2020.
"Serious health condition." S. 2304 expands the law’s definition of a "serious health condition" to allow individuals access to TDI and FLI benefits during a public health emergency if they must take time off of work because they are diagnosed with or suspected of exposure to a communicable disease or to take care of a family member diagnosed with or suspected of exposure to a communicable disease.
Wait period eliminated. In addition, S. 2304 eliminates the current one-week waiting period for disability benefits in such epidemic-related cases.
"No one should have to decide between taking care of themselves or a sick family member and going to work during this pandemic," Governor Murphy said in a statement. "With this new law, we are providing hardworking men and women with the protections that they deserve and ensuring a healthier place to live and work" (S. 2304, March 25, 2020).
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