Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate's Paid Sick Leave Bill Is Pulled

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Senate's Paid Sick Leave Bill Is Pulled

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A Democratic-backed bill that would require private employers to provide paid sick leave -- strongly opposed by business groups -- was pulled hours before a state Senate vote Monday after some lawmakers raised questions about the legislation.

"Some of our members have questions as it pertains to small businesses," Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, a sponsor of the bill, said at the end of Monday's voting session. "So we're going to have a further discussion."

Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a co-sponsor of the bill, said those discussions also are aimed at finding a bill that would be acceptable in the Assembly.

Last year, the Senate approved a similar measure by a 22-17 vote but Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto did not post the bill for an Assembly vote.

"The main crux of the disagreement is that we [Senate Democrats] think you need a statewide standard," said Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

Prieto, D-Secaucus, has previously said that passing a paid sick leave bill is a priority for him. …

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