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Am I eligible for sick leave, family leave, or temporary disability insurance if I or a family member have been impacted by the outbreak?

Last Updated: 09/29/2021

Note: If your job was impacted by Hurricane Ida or if you live in an affected disaster area, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Learn more here.

New Jersey has among the most comprehensive Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance laws in the country, which cover all employees -- full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal.

Visit nj.gov/labor/covidbenefits to learn about the state and federal laws and benefit programs that may apply to you.

Employers can be reimbursed for federal paid sick and childcare leave through tax credits, through September 30, 2021. This leave can be used to take time off related to COVID-19 vaccinations and side effects. Learn more here.

NOTE: NJ Earned Sick Leave, emergency federal paid sick and emergency FMLA childcare leave are paid by your employer directly. Meanwhile, Unemployment, Temporary Disability and Family Leave benefits require an application to the State of NJ. Individuals should apply for the program that best fits their situation as applying for the wrong one could cause delays.

Unemployment Assistance

Those who meet the requirements for traditional unemployment insurance may receive benefits for up to 26 weeks during a one-year period.

Federally extended unemployment benefits, which expanded unemployment benefits to cover a variety of COVID-19 scenarios, expired on September 4, 2021. If you have a new unemployment claim, and are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits, there are no additional unemployment benefits for you at this time.

Please note that you will still be able to receive benefits for weeks prior to September 4, 2021, if you are found eligible, for claims you filed before September 4, 2021. Learn more about extended unemployment benefits here.

Expansion of Disability and Family Leave Insurance

In New Jersey, Governor Murphy has signed a new law expanding the State's Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) and Family Leave Insurance (FLI) programs to provide more workers with access to paid leave benefits during public health emergencies.

  • Individuals can now access TDI and FLI benefits during a public health emergency if they must take time off of work because they are diagnosed with or suspected of exposure to a communicable disease or to take care of a family member diagnosed with or suspected of exposure to a communicable disease.
  • Individuals accessing FLI benefits are entitled to up to 12 weeks of family leave in a 24-month period without losing their jobs.

Please note that you cannot receive benefits from these programs and Unemployment Insurance at the same time. Learn more about TDI and FLI at myleavebenefits.nj.gov.

For more information, see NJ Workers: Frequently Asked Questions During the Coronavirus Emergency.

Source: https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covidFAQ.shtml, https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml; https://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/downloads/fact-FLA.pdf