Scene at paid sick leave bill signing.Gov. Phil Murphy today signed legislation requiring employers to provide at least 40 hours per year of paid sick leave to their employees.

The bill was amended to pre-empt the numerous local ordinances on paid sick leave so that employers will only have to follow one uniform set of rules no matter where they are located within the state. It also would permit most companies to continue to use their existing paid time off policies.

In a written response, NJBIA President and CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. said the association worked hard with policymakers to ensure that the paid sick leave mandate takes into consideration the impacts on New Jersey business owners.

“NJBIA has long maintained that the majority of New Jersey businesses already have sick-time policies in place because they want to ensure a healthy and productive workforce,” Siekerka said. “However, with Governor Murphy campaigning on the promise of a paid sick leave mandate, it was critical that key exemptions from earlier versions of this legislation were made.”

“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.”

Go here to see the full statement.

Also, paid sick leave will be covered in NJBIA’s June 5 HR seminar,

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3 responses to “Murphy Signs Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill”

  1. Bill says:

    I have not read the law but are the following items addressed:
    1. If a company provides “Paid Time Off” days which can be used for vacations, sick days or personal days (such as attend to a child that needs to stay home from school) are they now required to classify the sick day time and personal time separately?

    2. Does this apply to part-time employees

    3. Does this apply to businesses under 50 employees.

    4. If the sick days are not used, is the employer forced to provide compensation or roll-over the sick days and add to next years days.

    5. If near the end of the year if there is a quantity of sick days remaining can they be used as vacation days or must they only be used for sickness.

  2. John Gibbons says:

    We provide sick time that goes from three days to 4 then 5 in year 4 & 5. In addition, we provide personal days as well as vacation days. Do I still have to give 5 sick days from day 1 of employment?

  3. Barbara says:

    Do we know yet what date this goes into effect?

    We have many of the same questions as Bill above…