NJEA’s officers, President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty, issued this statement commending Gov. Murphy and legislative leaders for a new law that expands access to family leave to more employees and more types of New Jersey families:
“As educators, we know that families are fundamental to student success. We were proud to support this critical legislation as part of the New Jersey Time to Care Coalition because it will benefit our students and their families. Parents and other caregivers should never have to worry about losing a job that supports their family because they need time off to provide critical care for their family. When a sick child needs a parent or caregiver available, we should do whatever it takes as a society to make that happen. This law is a big step in the right direction.
“We are also proud that this law expands the definition of family to include a much broader range of people who are called on to care for each other. Whether people are family by biology, by law or by choice, that family matters. In education, we believe it takes a village, both at home and at school, to raise and educate a child. This law recognizes and respects the value of that village.
“When we protect the rights of working people and their families, we build a stronger, more prosperous society. This new law makes New Jersey and even better place to work, live, raise and family and invest in the future.”
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