Newburgh Gazette

NJ Governor Signs Paid Sick Leave Legislation

Newburgh Gazette — May 4, 2018

By Dwayne Harmon

A bill requiring employers in the state to offer workers paid sick leave has successfully made it past New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy desk and into law.

Phil Murphy signed the bill Wednesday in Trenton at the War Memorial theater alongside lawmakers, first lady Tammy Murphy and Muhammad, a mother and grandmother.

"There is no reason anyone should have to choose between economic security and their health", Murphy said.

"This law is a humane and long overdue chance in New Jersey workplace policy," said Dena Mottola Jaborska, the associate director of New Jersey Citizen Action, a left-leaning advocacy group that pushed for the measure.

The new law also gives New Jersey a statewide paid-sick-leave policy, superseding similar provisions enacted in 13 towns and cities.

The new law would allow workers to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours a year.

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"There are still employers that don't let people use their sick time even for their own kids".

The law was sponsored by Sens. An estimated 1.2 million workers in New Jersey do not have any access to paid sick leave.

The New Jersey Business and Industry Association analysis reviewed several factors including the minimum wage rate, income tax rate, corporate tax rate, sales tax rate, property taxes as a percentage of home value and the top unemployment tax rate of seven Northeast states, including New Jersey.

"While we have historically opposed this mandate, NJBIA appreciates these important amendments, the deliberation taken by the bills' sponsors to understand its impacts on businesses and for working in the spirit of compromise, while achieving their overall goal", she said.

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