New Jersey has now become the 10th state in the nation to enact statewide mandatory paid sick leave. On May 2, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act, which takes effect October 29, 2018. This prohibits employers from discriminating against employees for requesting or using sick leave. Employers are required to pay employees for earned sick leave at their regular rate of pay.
Who Is Covered?
This Act applies to almost every person employed in New Jersey. Except for employees in the construction industry employed under a collective bargaining agreement, per diem healthcare employees, and public employees who already have sick leave benefits.
How is Sick Leave Accrued?
In each benefit year, an employee will accrue up to forty (40) hours of sick time at a rate of one (1) hour of paid sick leave per thirty (30) hours worked.
How Can Sick Leave Be Used?
Employees may use earned sick days for:
- The medical needs of an employee or employee’s family member(s) such as: diagnosis, care, treatment of, or recovery from the employee’s mental or physical illness, injury or other adverse health condition, or for an employee’s preventive medical care.
- Closure of the workplace, school, or childcare due to a public health emergency.
- A child’s school related conference, meeting, function, or other event.
Employers may not require an employee to find coverage for their absence.
The Act defines “family member” to include individual related by blood to the employee or whose close association with employee is the equivalent of a family relationship.
What Notice and/or Documentations Are Required?
- Foreseeable absence: Employers may require advance notice up to seven (7) days if an employee’s intention is to use earned sick leave.
- Unforeseeable absence: Employers may require notice of intention to use leave as soon as practicable.
- Absence of three or more days allows employers to request documentation.
As previously stated, the Act will go into effect on October 29, 2018. New Jersey employers should review and adjust their paid time off policies to comply with the Act’s requirements prior to this date. This new Act is allowing individuals’ the time they need to make sure they are taking care of their and/or family’s health. Are you and/or your family covered when these unforeseeable sicknesses or health issues arise? Contact Cosmo to receive health coverage.
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