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New Jersey is the first state in the nation to offer paid family leave AND paid sick days that is inclusive of all families.

Nationally, nearly one-third of people report needing to take time off of work to care for their chosen family, whether that is a beloved elderly neighbor, a lifelong best friend, or an old army buddy. Making paid leave available to chosen family is especially important to LGBTQ people and people with disabilities, as they are disproportionately likely to need time off to care for chosen family.

New Jersey's Paid Sick Days law and expanded Paid Family Leave program defines family very broadly as anyone whose relationships are equivalent to family, even if they are not related by blood or legal ties.

The official definition states, "Family member” means a child, parent, parent-in-law, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, spouse, domestic partner, or one partner in a civil union couple, or any other individual related by blood to the employee, and any other individual that the employee shows to have a close association with the employee which is the equivalent of a family relationship."

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