Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on NJ’s Paid Family Leave Program

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, will hold a hearing Thursday to receive testimony from invited guests on New Jersey’s paid family temporary disability leave benefits program.

New Jersey became just the second state in the nation to offer paid family leave when it enacted a law in 2009 allowing employees to take up to six paid weeks off to care for a new child or sick relative. A first-of-its kind study conducted earlier this year by Columbia University examined the effectiveness of New Jersey’s program and also highlighted the fact that many employees are unaware the benefit is available to them.

Gusciora’s committee hopes to identify ways in which to improve the program by hearing from a number of representatives from organizations such as AARP, AFL-CIO, Citizen Action, Rutgers University, NJ Policy Perspective, NJ Main Street Alliance and the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee will meet on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in Committee Room 14 on the fourth floor of the State House Annex in Trenton.

Live audio stream of the hearing will be available here.