A year ago this month, New Jersey enacted its paid family leave program and so far, 28,359 people have taken advantage of it. The program allows workers to claim up to six weeks of wages (at a maximum $561 a week) to bond with a newly born or newly adopted child or to care for a seriously ill member of their immediate family. The system is funded through an insurance payroll deduction, much like unemployment. Thus far, $66.3 million has been paid out. Of the 28,359 workers participating, 22,762 have used the system for child bonding while 5,597 have used it to care for an ill family member.
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