There has been a grassroots movement throughout the cities of New Jersey to cause changes at the state level.
What kind of changes are we talking about?
Many cities are trying to create enough momentum to pass a New Jersey state paid sick leave law. Paid sick leave laws have seen a lot of action all across the country this year. If you would like to learn more about paid sick leave laws as a national topic in 2015, check out our blog article about it.
Now let’s get back to New Jersey and its quest for a unified paid sick leave law. These are the cities that are involved so far:
- Trenton: Effective March 4, 2015, employees working at least 40 hours a year within city limits are eligible to earn paid leave. For employers with 10 or more employees, paid sick time accrues at a rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked (not to exceed 40 hours a year). Employers with fewer than 10 employees must provide 1 hour of unpaid sick time for every 30 hours worked (not to exceed 24 hours in a year). (Trenton poster)
- East Orange: As of March, 2015, employees may use accrued sick leave after 90 days of employment. Paid sick time accrues at 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. (East Orange poster)
- Paterson: As of April, 2015, Paterson’s Paid Sick Time poster states that employees must be paid for sick time if they work more than 80 hours in a year. The amount of paid sick time is accrued based on the number of employees the company has. It’s very similar to Trenton’s accrued sick time. (Paterson poster)
- Jersey City: The earned sick leave ordinance took effect in June, 2014. For 10 or more employees, 1 hour of paid sick time is accrued for every 30 hours worked (not to exceed 40 hours in a year). For 9 or less employees, 1 hour of unpaid sick time is accrued for every 30 hours worked (not to exceed 24 hours in a year). This applies to all employees who work more than 80 hours in a calendar year. (Jersey City poster)
- Montclair: Effective March, 2015. For employees working over 80 hours in a calendar year, employees accrue 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. (Montclair poster)
- Newark: The paid sick leave law took effect in June, 2014. If you’re noticing a pattern here it’s because the cities all have very similar paid sick leave laws. For Newark the breakdown and qualifications for paid sick leave are almost the same as the cities mentioned above. The new law does not apply to any governmental entities, school districts, board of education and excludes employees of Rutgers University. (Newark poster)
- Passaic: Effective February, 2015. For employees working over 80 hours in a calendar year, employees accrue 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. (Passaic poster)
This grassroots movement is still going strong. The fourth largest city in New Jersey- Elizabeth- is moving towards the passage of a local paid sick leave law as well. A petition to create this law has already been signed by residents, activists and labor leaders.
What can you expect for New Jersey in the future?
Despite all of this momentum in the cities, New Jersey state paid sick leave laws are not going to change overnight. In fact, it’s unlikely there will be any change before 2016. If you would like to stay up to date with the latest information about New Jersey state and federal labor law posters, you can sign up to receive email notifications about mandatory changes.
Historically, New Jersey has 2-3 mandatory changes each year. The most recent change occurred to the Wage & Hour Abstract poster on January 1st, 2015.
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