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Prieto, Oliver, Gusciora, & Jasey Bill to Expand & Improve New Jersey's Paid Family Leave Program Goes to Governor

Pro-Worker Bill Calls for Expanded Leave Time, Higher Compensation, More Family Member Coverage, Increased Job Protections & Greater Program Promotion

Legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey crafted to improve New Jersey's paid family leave program to ensure it works better for New Jersey families was approved Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.

"This is an invaluable law, but it's underused and needs improvement," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "New Jersey's hard-working men and women deserve a program that can truly help them in their time of need, whether it's caring for a loved one or welcoming a new family member..."

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Assembly Panel Advances Gusciora, Muoio & Eustace Bill to Protect Sandy Victims

Legislation Will Establish a Clear Process to Protect Homeowners from Financially Ruinous Payback Demands by State, Mediate Funding Disputes
An Assembly panel on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Reed Gusciora, Elizabeth Maher Muoio and Tim Eustace establishing protections for struggling Superstorm Sandy victims who are forced to repay rebuilding funds that were already disbursed to them, an issue that came to light during a fall legislative hearing Gusciora held on the anniversary of the historic storm.

The committee's hearing revealed that requests for repayment, or "clawbacks" as they are known, were common during the state's well-documented failure to administer a majority of the $1.1 billion in federal HUD rebuilding funds. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) would issue letters to homeowners whom it determined received too much aid under the programs, outlining how much they are expected to pay back, but without providing individuals with any other recourse.

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Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji, Oliver & Gusciora Bill to Enhance Benefits under Work First New Jersey Heads to Governor's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Sheila Oliver and Reed Gusciora to ensure that some of New Jersey's most vulnerable residents receive the assistance they need under the Work First New Jersey program received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor's desk.

The bill (A-33) would repeal the section of the Work First New Jersey Act that currently prohibits a household from gaining additional cash assistance benefits as a result of the birth of a child. Such policies that prevent an increase in welfare benefits as a result of the birth of a child are commonly known as family caps.

"If there was ever a situation that would precipitate the need for greater assistance under this program, it's the birth of a child and the enormous cost that comes along with it," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This cap harms our most vulnerable citizens - children born into poverty who must suffer the effects of even deeper poverty because their families must struggle to do more with less."
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Assembly Approves Sweeping Prieto, Oliver, Gusciora, & Jasey Bill to Expand & Improve New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Program

Pro-Worker Bill Calls for Expanded Leave Time, Higher Compensation, More Family Member Coverage, Increased Job Protections & Greater Program Promotion
Sweeping legislation Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto crafted to improve New Jersey's paid family leave program to ensure it works better for New Jersey families cleared the General Assembly on Thursday.

Also sponsored by Assembly Speaker Emeritus Sheila Oliver, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, the bill (A-4927) would expand leave times, provide higher compensation to those taking leave, cover more family members, improve job protections and boost awareness of the program.
The bill now awaits final legislative approval from the full Senate before heading to the Governor.

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Muoio, Vainieri Huttle, Mukherji, Oliver & Gusciora Bill to Enhance Benefits under Work First New Jersey Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Sheila Oliver and Reed Gusciora to ensure that some of New Jersey's most vulnerable residents receive the assistance they need under the Work First New Jersey program was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"If there was ever a situation that would precipitate the need for greater assistance under this program, it's the birth of a child and the enormous cost that comes along with it," said Muoio (D-Mercer/Hunterdon). "This cap harms our most vulnerable citizens - children born into poverty who must suffer the effects of even deeper poverty because their families must struggle to do more with less..."

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