N.J. senators push for 6 weeks paid work leave

January 28, 2008 6:08:39 PM PST
Democratic senators renew efforts to make New Jersey the third state to let workers take paid leave.

The idea is to give workers a chance to care for either a sick relative or new child.

The Senate budget committee today pushed forward a measure to let employees take up to six weeks off with pay.

The measure faces opposition from businesses and Republicans.

The New Jersey leave would be paid through a charge against weekly wages that legislative officials estimate would cost workers about $33 per year.

Workers who take leave would get two-thirds of their salary, up to $502 per week.