It is important to know your rights and entitlements as an employee in the state of New Jersey. The New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provide eligible employees with unpaid leave and job protection.
Federal and state laws provide pregnant women and new parents with maternity benefits and protections. Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees of covered employers are entitled to leave for specific family or medical reasons. This federal law provides eligible employees unpaid, job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks. New parents with newborns may take leave under the FMLA.
Additionally, under the state New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA), eligible employees may also take up to 12 weeks additional leave after their child is born to take care of the newborn child. There are specific requirements and conditions for employees to be eligible for this leave, but these laws ensure employees that their jobs will be protected and their healthcare benefits will continue through their absence.
Return to Work
After you utilize the leave granted to you from your employer, you must return to work and continue your employment. If you need further accommodation for your situation, you should inform your employer. If you feel as though you have not received reasonable accommodation from your employer, contact a maternity leave discrimination attorney today.