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Newark Municipal Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Published by on February 5, 2014

The Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave ordinance, which Mayor Luis Quintana (D) has promised to sign into law.  Newark will be the eighth jurisdiction in the United States to enact a paid sick leave law, joining Jersey City, NJ; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, […]

The Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave ordinance, which Mayor Luis Quintana (D) has promised to sign into law.  Newark will be the eighth jurisdiction in the United States to enact a paid sick leave law, joining Jersey City, NJ; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Portland, OR; and the State of Connecticut.

Newark’s ordinance would ensure that employees that work in the City earn up to an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours that they work.  Employers with 10 or more employees or employees that deal directly with the public would be required to provide each employee with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave a year.  Employers with nine or less employees would be required to provide each employee with up to 24 hours of paid sick leave a year.

Under the ordinance, employees would begin to accrue paid sick leave at the beginning of employment and would be entitled to take paid time off after three months of employment.  This paid time off could be used by employees to recover from their own illness or care for a sick family member.  Unused sick leave must be carried over to the following calendar year, but no employer is required to permit an employee to carry over more than 40 hours of paid sick time from one calendar year to the next.

For additional information on Newark’s ordinance, click here.

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