On July 17, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S-2177 – the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act) – to require that employers provide unpaid leave to employees affected by domestic or sexual violence. New Jersey joins several states with similar laws, while other states and the U.S. Congress have proposed comparable legislation. New Jersey’s new law takes effect on October 1, 2013. This alert discusses its coverage, requirements, and remedies.

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