Paid Family Leave? Go New Jersey!
I live in New Jersey, and there’s lots about the state that make me proud: Bruce Springsteen, the Sopranos, and the fact that you never have to pump your own gas! But something happened this week that’s really boosting my Jersey pride: Our state assembly passed a law that would require companies (that employ 50 people or more.) to give workers six weeks of leave time to care for a new baby or a sick family member—and here’s where it gets really good!—to pay them two-thirds of their salary—up to $524 a week. The state Senate will consider the measure next week, and if it passes there, Governor Jon Corzine has promised that he would sign into law. Keep your fingers crossed! If New Jersey mandates family leave, it will be the third state in the nation to do so: California and Washington already have similar laws. Would you like your state to consider doing the same? Go to Parents2008 and follow the links to connect with your state representatives so you can let them know.