N.J. Admin. Code § 12:17-22.1 - Definitions

Current through Register Vol. 54, No. 7, April 4, 2022

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Bond" or "bonding" with a newborn child or newly adopted child means to develop a psychological and emotional attachment between a child and his or her primary care giver(s). The development of this attachment or bond between child and care giver(s) requires being in one another's presence.

"Care" means, but is not limited to, physical care, emotional support, visitation, assistance in treatment, transportation, arranging for a change in care, assistance with essential daily living matters and personal attendant services.

"Care giver" means the family member who is providing the required care. This term is used interchangeably with "claimant."

"Care recipient" means the family member who is receiving care for a serious health condition or the newborn child or newly adopted child with whom the "care giver" is bonding.

"Child" means a biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild or legal ward of a covered individual, child of a domestic partner of the covered individual, or child of a civil union partner of the covered individual, who is less than 19 years of age or is 19 years of age or older but incapable of self-care because of mental or physical impairment.

As used in this definition, "incapable of self-care" means that the individual requires active assistance or supervision to provide daily self-care in three or more of the "activities of daily living" (ADLs) or "instrumental activities of daily living" (IADLs). Activities of daily living include adaptive activities such as caring appropriately for one's grooming and hygiene, bathing, dressing and eating. Instrumental activities of daily living include cooking, cleaning, shopping, taking public transportation, paying bills, maintaining a residence, using telephones and directories, using a post office, etc.

As used in this definition, "mental or physical impairment" means: 1. any physiological disorder, or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, respiratory (including speech organs), cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitor-urinary, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine; or 2. any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.

"Civil union" means a civil union as defined in 37:1-29.

"Covered individual" or "employee" means any individual who is in employment, as the term "employment" is defined at 43:21-19(i)(1) or any individual who has been out of such employment for less than two weeks.

"Director" means the Director of the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

"Division" means the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

"Domestic partner" means a domestic partner as defined in 26:8A-3.

"Family leave" or "family temporary disability leave" means leave taken by a covered individual from work with an employer to participate in the providing of care for a family member of the individual made necessary by a serious health condition of the family member or to be with a child during the first 12 months after the child's birth, if the individual or the domestic partner or civil union partner of the individual, is a biological parent of the child, or the first 12 months after the placement of the child for adoption with the individual. "Family leave" does not include any period of time during which a covered individual is paid temporary disability benefits pursuant to 43:21-25 et seq. (the New Jersey Temporary Benefits Law), because the individual is unable to perform the duties of the individual's employment due to the individual's own disability.

"Family member" means a child, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner or parent of a covered individual.

"Family temporary disability benefits" or "family leave insurance benefits" means the benefits payable to a covered individual under P.L. 2008, c. 17 in order to compensate for wage loss suffered because of the need of the covered individual to participate in providing care for a family member or to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child.

"Family Temporary Disability Leave Account" means a separate account within the State Disability Benefits Fund into which is deposited all worker contributions collected under 43:21-7(d)(1)(G)(ii).

"Health care provider" means any person licensed under Federal, state, or local law, or the laws of a foreign nation, to provide health care services; or any other person who has been authorized to provide health care by a licensed health care provider.

"Licensed medical practitioner" means a licensed physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, practicing psychologist, advanced practice nurse or chiropractor.

"Parent of a covered individual" means a biological parent, foster parent, adoptive parent, or stepparent of the covered individual or a person who was a legal guardian of the covered individual when the covered individual was a child.

"Private plan" means a private plan approved by the Division of Temporary Disability Insurance as defined in 43:21-32.

"Serious health condition" means an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition, which requires:

1. Inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility; or

2. Continuing medical treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider.

As used in this definition, "continuing medical treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider" means:

1. A period of incapacity (that is, inability to work, attend school or perform regular daily activities due to a serious health condition, treatment therefore and recovery therefrom) of more than three consecutive days, and any subsequent treatment or period of incapacity relating to the same condition, that also involves:

i. Treatment two or more times by a health care provider; or

ii. Treatment by a health care provider on one occasion, which results in a regimen of continuing treatment under the supervision of a health care provider;

2. Any period of incapacity due to pregnancy, or for prenatal care;

3. Any period of incapacity or treatment for such incapacity due to a chronic serious health condition;

4. A period of incapacity, which is permanent or long-term, due to a condition for which treatment may not be effective (such as Alzheimer's disease, a severe stroke or the terminal stages of a disease) where the individual is under continuing supervision of, but need not be receiving active treatment by a health care provider; or

5. Any period of absence to receive multiple treatments (including any period of recovery therefrom) by a health care provider or by a provider of health care services under orders of, or on referral by a health care provider, either for restorative surgery after an accident or other injury, or for a condition that would likely result in a period of incapacity or more than three consecutive calendar days in the absence of medical intervention or treatment, such as cancer (chemotherapy, radiation, etc.), severe arthritis (physical therapy) or kidney disease (dialysis).

"Stepparent of the covered individual" means the person to whom the covered individual's biological parent is either currently married or with whom the covered individual's biological parent is currently sharing a civil union.

"Twelve-month period" means, with respect to an individual who establishes a valid first claim for family leave insurance benefits, the 365 consecutive days that begin with the first day that the individual establishes the claim.

"Week" means a period of seven consecutive days.


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