New Jersey's paid family leave program might be expanding, which means you can get paid more for taking off from work to take care of a newborn or ill family member.

The bill was passed last Thursday, January 31st.

According to NJ.com, "new parents or caregivers can receive up to six weeks of benefits equal to two-thirds of their pay, but capped at $633 a week".

"The bill would increase the eligibility period from six to 12 weeks... an applicant can receive to 85 percent of their wages — up to $859" via NJ.com

These changes would also give low-income workers more relief and allow them to spend more time with their newborn child. That sounds like the right idea to me!

Under this new bill, grandparents, siblings, grandchildren, and parents-in-law would be covered as caregivers as well.

If Governor Murphy signs the bill, the increased benefits would go into effect starting in July 2020.

With my baby fever in full effect, I am in full support of this new bill. We'll keep you updated with any changes.