A new bill that would expand the New Jersey’s paid sick leave program for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis is being supported by workers’ right advocates.

NJBIA is reviewing Bill S2453, but warns the legislation may not be necessary due to federal COVID-19 assistance already provided.

“While we are reviewing the legislation, it is important to acknowledge most of our essential businesses that are operating are already making accommodations for workers who contract the virus,” NJBIA Vice President of Government Affairs Ray Cantor told NJ101.5. “Recently-enacted federal law has also expanded family leave provisions. And the CARES Act provides significant health and wage benefits for all workers who become ill.

“We want to make sure that is needed and does not unnecessarily harm our essential businesses, many of which are struggling.”

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