Employees Now Eligible to Take Paid Sick Leave as 120 Day Waiting Period Ends

Employees of covered companies can begin using the paid sick leave time they have been accumulating since the law took effect October 29 of last year.

Under the law, full-time and part-time workers earn paid time off at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, with the employer being given the option to advance its employees earned sick leave at the beginning of each benefit year. Workers began accruing sick leave October 29, but the law allowed a 120-day waiting period before workers were eligible to use newly accrued sick days.

The law applies to most employers, regardless of business size. However, it does exempt construction industry workers that are under contract with collective bargaining agreement, per diem healthcare workers, and public workers that are already provided sick leave under another law, rule or regulation.

Employees may use earned sick time to care for themselves or a sick family member; to address issues related to domestic or sexual violence, such as seeking treatment or obtaining a restraining order; to attend a child’s school-related meeting or event; or when schools, child-care centers, or businesses are closed due to a public health emergency.

The N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the agency responsible for implementing the law, has launched a public information campaign to make workers and businesses aware of the law and provide them with guidance on how to follow it. More information on New Jersey’s paid sick leave law may be found at www.mysickdays.nj.gov.

The NJCUL also prepared a members-only resource “What Credit Unions Should Know About New Jersey’s New Paid Sick Leave”, which can be viewed here.

Gov. Phil Murphy continues to sign into law various workplace measures. In addition to the paid sick leave mandate, he also signed a pay equity bill last year and he recently signed bills to increase the state’s minimum wage and expand paid family leave. Other workplace measures are either awaiting his signature or moving through the legislature.

To get the latest on these state issues as well as credit union-related developments in Washington, join NJCUL for their next Political & Legislative Update webinar scheduled for Friday, March 29 at 2:00 pm. Registration is available without charge to NJCUL-member credit unions.