Payroll and Benefits » Family Leave

Family Leave

The Westfield Board of Education is covered under the New Jersey Family Leave State Plan.

To apply, follow this protocol:

1. You cannot apply until your first day of unpaid leave.

2. YOU FILE THE APPLICATION DIRECTLY WITH THE STATE OF NJ, AS DETAILED BELOW. Information from the Payroll office needed to file the application will be mailed to you in advance of your first unpaid day of leave.

The state has a website, address and phone number to help answer questions.

Read carefully below for benefits information:
CLICK FOR APPLICATION
New Jersey law provides up to six (6) weeks of Family Leave Insurance benefits. Benefits are payable to covered employees from either the New Jersey State Plan or an approved employer-provided private plan to:

• Bond with a child during the first 12 months after the child's birth, if the covered individual or the domestic partner or civil union partner of the covered individual, is a biological parent of the child, or the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption with the covered individual.

• Care for a family member with a serious health condition supported by a certification provided by a health care provider. Claims may be filed for six consecutive weeks, for intermittent weeks or for 42 intermittent days during a 12 month period beginning with the first date of the claim.

Family member means a child, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner or parent of a covered individual.

Child means a biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild or legal ward of a covered individual, child of a domestic partner of the covered individual, or child of a civil union partner of the covered individual, who is less than 19 years of age or is 19 years of age or older but incapable of self-care because of mental or physical impairment.

New Jersey State Plan

Employees covered under the New Jersey State Plan can obtain information pertaining to the program and an application for Family Leave Insurance benefits (Form FL-1) by visiting the Department of Labor and Workforce Development's web site at www.nj.gov/labor , by telephoning the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance's Customer Service Section at (609) 292-7060, or by writing to the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance, PO Box 387, Trenton, NJ 08625-0387.