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6 Nov 2013


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Sick Leave Is Now Authorized for Small Businesses In Jersey City, NJ.

Beginning in early February 2014 small businesses in New Jersey City will have to start granting sick leave to their employees.

On 21 October 2013 Mayor Steven Fulop signed the measure into law which will take effect in 120 days.

Under the measure, employees will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, with a cap at 40 hours (5 days) per year. Workers can begin earning sick time upon their hiring, but must work for 90 days before being able to use it.

Employees may carry over up to 40 hours of unused paid sick leave time but an employer is not required to provide more than 40 hours of paid sick time in a year.

Paid sick time can be used to care for a worker’s own health needs including mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition, need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition or need for preventive medical care or to care for those health needs for the worker’s spouse, civil union partner, domestic partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or the child, grandchild, parent or grandparent of a worker’s spouse or domestic partner or civil union partner.

Any type of paid leave (paid time off, vacation, personal days, etc.) will count for purposes

of complying with the law as long as it can be used for sick leave purposes.

Part-time workers will be covered by the bill and earn paid sick time based on hours worked.

Employers may require medical verification if a worker is absent for more than 3 days.

Employers are not required to pay for unused sick time when a worker leaves employment.

Other cities that have such laws in place include Connecticut, Portland, Seattle, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

The New Jersey Business & Inudstry Association (NJBIA) voiced concern about the new law citing stuties on San Francisco which showed that 15% of affected employers surveyed had experienced layoffs or were forced to reduce hours as a result of the ordinance.  Fourteen percent of employers also reported providing fewer raises, fewer bonses, and having to reduce other benefits.

City of New Jersey Municipal Paid Sick Days Legislation
The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)

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