New Jersey Employers: Consider Revising Leave Policies in Light of the New Jersey SAFE Act

Effective 1 October 2013, the New Jersey SAFE Act (SAFE Act) will require many New Jersey employers to provide up to 20 days of unpaid and job-protected leave in a year to victims (and close family members of victims) of domestic violence or sexual assault. New Jersey employers should consider revising their existing leave policies to reflect material differences in the new leave requirements provided under the SAFE Act, relative to the leave requirements provided under similar laws such as the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJ FLA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, covered employers should post a conspicuous notice of employees' rights under the SAFE Act, in such form as the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development will publish (but has not yet published).

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