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New Jersey Releases 2018 Temporary Disability Insurance Rates

Separate Law Affects Calculation of Employee Taxes

New Jersey has released the Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) rates for 2018.

New TDI Rates

Under the New Jersey Temporary Disability Benefits Law, cash benefits are payable when an individual cannot work because of sickness or injury not caused by his or her job. In order to have a monetarily valid claim for New Jersey TDI, a claimant must have at least 20 base weeks in covered New Jersey employment or have earned $8,400 or more in covered New Jersey employment during the base year period. This rate is increased to $8,500 for calendar year 2018.

A base week is a calendar week in which the individual had covered New Jersey earnings of $168 or more or any week (up to 13 weeks) in which he or she was separated from employment due to a declared state of emergency during the base year. This rate is increased to $169 for calendar year 2018.

The weekly benefit rate is calculated on the basis of the claimant's average weekly wage. Each claimant is paid two-thirds (2/3) of his or her average weekly wage up to the maximum amount payable, which is $633 for disabilities beginning on or after January 1, 2017. This rate is increased to $637 for calendar year 2018.

Click here for additional information on the 2018 rates.

Note: A New Jersey law changes the year used to calculate Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave Insurance employee taxes from the most recent calendar year to the most recent fiscal year, commencing with the taxes paid by employees in calendar year 2018. Click here to read the text of the law for more details. This law is currently in effect.

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