Just weeks after signing legislation bumping up the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, Governor Phil Murphy doubled the state mandated Paid Family Leave earlier this week. On Tuesday, Murphy signed an expansion of the paid family leave law increasing the amount of time an employee may take off under the law from 6 to 12 weeks and jacking up the amount of the benefit from the current two-thirds of pay to 85% of weekly pay, up to $859 per week. Today, the weekly benefit is capped at $632. In addition, the law expands the covered categories of family for whom an employee could take family leave to include grandparents and grandchildren as well as other loved ones who are not blood relatives. The expansion takes effect on July 1, 2020.