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  • Short-Term Disability New Jersey

    I am due March 4th and per my doctor she wants me to go on STD because of my health starting now Jan 8th. I spoke to my compies leave department and he said my job is now 'un job protected' because I am not eligable for FMLA because I only have 1,075 worked hrs for the last 12 month. Ive been with the company for 6 years. So from Jan to April I my lose my job which makes me sick. I know NJ just starting this year with the NJFLA does that help me out any?

    I do not care about being paided or unpaid during my time off before and after the baby. I just want a job to re turn to.

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    I believe that the New Jersey Family Leave Act does not provide employees with time off for their own disabilities. Instead it's intended to provide time after birth or adoption (or to care for other family members). So, it doesn't provide you with job-protected leave before the baby arrives.
    I am not able to respond to private messages. Thanks!

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      Marketeer is correct. It does also include bonding time after the birth. However, NJFLI does not provide job protection. FLI is the program that started this year. It is how you can get some pay while you are on leave.
      http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/fli...info_menu.html

      The NJFLA has the same requirements as federal except the NJ version requires only 1,000 hours worked (vs 1,250 for federal) and it DOES provide job protection. The NJFLA has been in effect for some time.
      http://www.state.nj.us/lps/dcr/downl...afactsheet.pdf

      And state disability is available once you are medically unable to work. Again, SDI benefits are not leave; they are how you get paid when you are on leave.
      http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/tdi..._clt_menu.html
      Pattymd
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      Last edited by Pattymd; 01-08-2010, 04:43 PM.
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      • #4
        Thanks for the help!

        I called back my HR department and they said I would be approved for NJFLA for the 12 weeks so I feel a lot better.

        My only question still is ... For a normal pregnancy NJ says you get 4 weeks before the baby with a doctores note and 6 weeks after and both would go under Short Term Dis. Those 9 weeks I would be off on STD I would not have job protection? I dont think they would fire me but I also know I wouldnt be able to relax either.

        I think I'll just work up to my due date and then go on STD for just the 6 weeks after the baby with out job protection and then file for NJFLA for 12 weeks with job protection? That sounds right?

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        • #5
          No. FMLA runs concurrently with STD; it's not an either/or.
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          • #6
            NJFLA is job protected leave - STD is income that you get while you are off on this job protected leave. They run concurrently.
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