“A Look at Temporary Family Disability Benefits”On July 23, 2009 by Schnader
Mike Wietrzychowski, vice-chair of Schnader’s Labor & Employment practice group and a partner in the Firm’s Cherry Hill office, authored an article titled “A Look at Temporary Family Disability Benefits.” The article was published in the July 23 issue of the New Jersey Law Journal. On May 2, 2008, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Law (TDB) that permits employees to obtain benefits for up to six weeks while on “family temporary disability leave” to care for family members suffering from a serious health condition, and/or to care for newborn and newly adopted children, regardless of whether the employees or employers are covered by the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA) or the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The provisions requiring deductions from employees went into effect on January 1, 2009 and the provisions entitling eligible employees to benefits went into effect July 1, 2009. In the article, Mr. Wietrzychowski addresses several important questions about the new law and the affect it will have on New Jersey employers.