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Earned Sick Leave

Labor Mandates

On May 2, 2018, Governor Murphy signed A-1827 (Lampitt), which would mandate paid sick leave for all businesses in New Jersey. This new law, which the CCSNJ opposed, requires all employers to pay employees for time off from work for their own illness, the illness of a family member, and several other reasons as outlined in the statute. The measure, which has no small business exemption, does the following: requires employers to provide 40 hours (5 days) of leave per year; greatly expands the definition of "family member" to include not only the employee's own children, grandchildren, sibling(s), spouse, parent(s) or grandparent(s), but also the sibling or parent of their spouse or partner, or any blood relative; allows the use of sick leave to attend school-related events (school meetings, events or activities held during the work day); prohibits employers from taking any adverse employment action against an employee who takes this leave including "unfavorable reassignment," demotion, and refusal to promote an employee; and, places the burden of proof on the employer to prove that they did not take an adverse employment action against an employee who utilizes the leave. This legislation took effect on October 29, 2018.


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