Paid Sick Leave Advances

By Verdon, Joan | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), June 23, 2015 | Go to article overview

Paid Sick Leave Advances


Verdon, Joan, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


Legislation to require New Jersey employers to provide paid sick leave to workers advanced a step Monday, winning a yes vote in the state Senate Labor Committee.

The committee voted 3-2 along party lines in favor of the bill, which is opposed by a coalition of 30 business organizations.

Under the proposed legislation, sponsored by Bergen County Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, employees would earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours of sick leave for companies with fewer than 10 workers, and up to 72 hours for companies of 10 or more workers. Employ-ees would be allowed to use the paid sick time for illness, or to care for an ill family member.

The bill, which now goes to the full Senate, creates a statewide sick-leave policy, but would allow existing municipal sick-leave laws to remain in place, provided they are more favorable than the state policy.

Governor Christie has said he has serious concerns about mandated sick leave.

Since 2013, nine New Jersey municipalities have passed paid-sick- leave laws, including Passaic, Paterson, Newark, Trenton and Montclair.

Two Assembly committees have approved similar bills.

Before the Senate committee voted, Weinberg and several advocates for working families spoke in favor of the measure, while representatives of business groups said it would unnecessarily increase the regulatory burden on New Jersey companies. …

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