GUIDE TO THE NEW PAID SICK LEAVE LAW
Assembly Bill No. 1827, concerning earned sick leave for employees, was recently signed into law and goes into effect October 29, 2018.
Sick leave applies to all workers, full- and part- time, employed in the State of New Jersey, with the exception of: construction workers under contract pursuant to collective bargaining: per diem healthcare employees; or public employees already provided with sick leave.
Beginning on October 29, 2018, or on the date that the employee is hired (whichever occurs later) employee earns one (1) hour os sick leave for every 30 hours of work.
Sick leave must be paid at the same rate and with the same benefits that the employee normally earns.
The pay rate shall not be less than minimum wage.
Employees can use sick leave after 120 calendar days from start of their employment.
Employees can earn up to 40 hours over a 12-month consecutive period, also known as benefit year.
Employers cannot require the employee using sick leave to find a replacement to cover the hours that they are using sick leave.
To learn more: State Chamber Paid Sick Leave Guide (1)