New Heldrich Report Measures NJ Workers’ Awareness and Opinions of the State’s Sick Leave Law and Family Leave Insurance Program

October 10, 2023

In 2019, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development asked the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development to conduct a multi-year study of New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program (FLI), Earned Sick Leave law (ESL), and Temporary Disability Insurance program. 

The study was designed to provide information in two phases: first, about the public’s awareness and utilization of paid leave, and second, about the public’s awareness of and attitudes toward using ESL and FLI benefits. The Heldrich Center partnered with the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Center for Women and Work and the Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for Public Interest Polling to support data collection and analysis. 

newly released report presents the final results from the second phase of the study focusing on the public’s awareness of and opinions toward using FLI and ESL. It is based on a statewide survey of New Jersey workers asking questions about New Jersey’s FLI program and ESL law in Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Summer 2022. 

The study period overlapped the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a policy-relevant time for understanding and using FLI and ESL in New Jersey. The findings have important implications for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to target its outreach to educate workers about the use of FLI and ESL.

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