Skip to main content

New Jersey Lawmakers Looking at Paid Sick Leave

New Jersey Lawmakers Looking at Paid Sick Leave
Legislation could establish paid sick leave in the Garden State.

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require employers in the state to offer workers paid sick leave - a requirement that's been gaining some momentum.

   The Assembly labor committee heard from labor and trade associations that support the concept Thursday, employers' organizations who support making changes to it and some opposed entirely.

   Workers would be entitled to one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work under the proposal. They could accrue up to 40 hours - or five days for full-time employees.

   The committee postponed a vote after lawmakers suggested amendments.  The Senate has not taken up the measure.

   A handful of New Jersey towns, including Newark and Jersey City, have similar local laws. Measures for additional ones are on the ballot next month in Montclair and Trenton.