New Jersey Leave Laws




Vacation Leave

In New Jersey, employers are not required to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide these benefits, it is only required to comply with its established policy or employment contract. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs.



Neither New Jersey’s Legislature nor its courts have given any significant guidance regarding other potential vacation policy issues. They are silent regarding whether an employer may:

  • establish a policy or enter into a contract denying employees payment for accrued vacation leave upon separation from employment,
  • deny payment for accrued vacation to an employee upon separation from employment if its policy or contract is silent on the matter,
  • require an employee to comply with specific requirements to qualify for payment of vacation leave upon separation from employment, such as giving two weeks notice or being employed as of a specific date of the year,
  • cap the vacation leave an employee may accrued over time,
  • implement a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy requiring employees to use their leave by a set date or lose it.

Although New Jersey’s authorities are silent regarding many vacation policy issues, based on the contractual emphasis New Jersey has placed on vacation policies, an employer is likely free to implement the vacation policy of its choosing. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs. An employer would be required to comply with the terms of its policy or contract. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs.



Sick Leave

New Jersey law does not require employers to provide employees with sick leave benefits, either paid or unpaid. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide sick leave benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

An employer in New Jersey may be required to provide an employee unpaid sick leave in accordance with New Jersey’s Family Leave Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or other federal laws. An employee may also be entitled to benefits under New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance program, which is funded by employee payroll deductions.



Holiday Leave

New Jersey law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. NJ Dept. of Labor FAQs In New Jersey, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

State holidays

Visit our New Jersey State Holidays page for a list of holidays recognized and observed by the state of New Jersey as well as information regarding state laws governing holiday leave for public employers and employees.



Jury Duty Leave

An employer is not required to pay an employee any wages for time spent complying with a jury summons or serving on a jury.

An employer may not discharge, penalize, threaten, or otherwise coerce an employee with respect to employment, because the employee is required to attend court for jury service. New Jersey Stat. 2B:20-17



Voting Leave

New Jersey does not have a law that requires an employer to grant its employees leave, either paid or unpaid, to vote.



Bereavement Leave

New Jersey law does not require employers to provide employee bereavement leave. Bereavement leave is leave that is taken by an employee due to the death of another individual, usually a close relative. Employer may choose to provide bereavement leave and may be required to comply with any bereavement policy or practice it maintains.