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Marissa Mastroianni of Cole Schotz, Brick lawyer Donald F. Burke Jr., Debra Guston, managing partner at Guston & Guston, and Carl Soranno, chairman of Brach Eichler's family law service. Courtesy photos Marissa Mastroianni of Cole Schotz, Brick lawyer Donald Burke Jr., Debra Guston, managing partner at Guston & Guston, and Carl Soranno, chairman of Brach Eichler’s family law service. Courtesy photos

Family and employment lawyers are closely watching proposed changes to the New Jersey Family Leave Act, recently unveiled by the state Division on Civil Rights, which would factor COVID-19’s impact on families by broadening the definition of “family leave” and who can take one.

The division contends the amendments reflect the need to change to meet the times—in this case, where quarantines due to illness, school closures, and other circumstances brought on by the global pandemic became a part of life.

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Suzette Parmley

Trenton Correspondent who covers the N.J. Supreme Court, Governor, Legislature. She also contributes to The Legal Intelligencer and law.com. Suzette joined New Jersey Law Journal in Jan. 2019 from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she was a former Trenton Statehouse Correspondent and Business Reporter/Columnist. Awards: 1st Place for 2020 coverage of NJ Supreme Court; 2019 Specialized Writing Category, 5-time winner of the Business Financial Writing Portfolio Award from the New Jersey Press Association. Graduate of the Fels Center of Government/University of Pennsylvania. Email: [email protected] or follow on Twitter: @SuzParmley

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