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The Times of Trenton — Tuesday, May 6, 2008

EDITORIAL

N.J. paid family leave ... The New Jersey Legislature is to be commended for making the tough decision to pass a pioneering paid family leave bill, and kudos are in order for Gov. Jon Corzine, who signed the bill into law with great flourish last week.

Holding up the newly signed law, Gov. Corzine proclaimed it a "legacy" moment in New Jersey history.

The new law allows workers in New Jersey to apply for up to six weeks off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or a sick parent, spouse or child. Workers could collect up to two-thirds of their pay, up to a maximum of $524 a week.

Chief opposition to the proposal came from employers, who warned that it would add to the burden of businesses trying to survive in a sour economy.

But the paid family leave law will be funded by workers themselves. They will contribute to a mandatory payroll tax amounting to just $33 a year.

That's a small price to pay to allow families to keep bread on the table and a roof overhead in times of need.

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