Update: Mandated Paid Sick Leave

Date: April 06, 2016 Last Edit: April 07, 2016

Senate amends bill, while Plainfield becomes 12th city to require paid leave.

Update: Mandated Paid Sick Leave

A week after S799 was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Senate approved an amendment based on feedback from business groups.

Under S799, businesses with 10 or fewer employees would be required to allow workers to earn at least 40 hours of leave. Businesses with more than 10 employees would be required to allow workers to earn at least 72 hours of leave. Under the amendment, however, employers will meet the requirements of the bill if they provide a pool of days designed as paid time off, including vacation, personal and sick leave. At this writing, there has not yet been a vote on the full bill, and a similar bill has not advanced in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Plainfield City Council passed an ordinance requiring paid sick leave for private sector workers in mid-March, becoming the 12th New Jersey municipality to approve this mandate. Under the ordinance, employees will earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked. Businesses with 10 or more employees must give five sick days per year; businesses with nine or fewer employees would be required to offer three. Employees who work directly with the public would be eligible to earn five sick days per year, no matter the size of the company.

Remember: Join an upcoming member meeting to learn more about mandated paid leave and the other two biggest threats to small business in New Jersey—a $15 minimum wage and constitutionally mandated pension payments. Meetings will be held in Red Bank on April 12 and Cherry Hill and Summit on April 13. Visit https://www.nfib.com/content/news/labor/attend-a-member-meeting-on-mandated-paid-leave-the-15-minimum-wage-73289/ for more details and to register.

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