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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: 03/31/2021

The State of New Jersey has created a benefits eligibility tool to help you understand what benefits programs and job protections are available to you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

You can also visit nj.gov/labor/covidbenefits and read about the state and federal laws and benefit programs that may apply to you. There you will also find a helpful chart clarifying different COVID-19 scenarios and the available protections and benefits in English and Spanish along with steps to apply for benefits.

Programs Available To Help

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.

The federal American Rescue Plan Act, signed March 11, 2021 extended employer tax credits for paying federal paid sick and childcare leave. Employers are not required to provide this leave after December 31, 2020 but may voluntarily do so and receive a tax credit. Learn more at dol.gov and irs.gov

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

You may be eligible for Unemployment Assistance. The CARES Act that was signed March 27, 2020 expanded Unemployment benefits, making it an option for many who cannot work because a family member, or a household member has been impacted by coronavirus. The Continued Assistance Act, signed December 27, 2020, and the American Rescue Plan Act, signed March 11, 2021 extended some of these benefits.

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