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NJ Paid Sick Days Law

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New Jersey is looking to be among the leaders in the nation mandating that employers must provide paid sick days. Right now, only six cities in the United State require paid sick days for employees, and leading the pack in New Jersey was Jersey City which implemented this new law in October.

Now, Newark is looking to be the next city in the Garden State to pass the sick day legislation which goes up for vote in the city council this week.

This new law will require businesses to allow employees to earn between three and five sick days based on the amount of hours they work.

Sponsoring this bill in New Jersey’s biggest city is Newark’s North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos who chimed in on how this will help the people of Newark. “One thing I want to focus on is that those workers affected the most by not having paid sick leave are among the lowest earners in the city and often in these cases we see their inability to care for their children or in the case where we’re looking to expand this benefit for child care workers we actually have seen cases of workers who are coming in to a child care center who are sick because they don’t have the benefit of paid sick time,” he said.

The city of Newark currently has a 15% unemployment rate, so how does passing a bill like this help attract businesses to come to Newark? “As a mayoral candidate I’ve announced a number of incentives that I think will help us as a city grow economically. I favor having a progressive tax abatement policy that takes development from the downtown area into the neighborhood. I believe the city needs to do a better job of streamlining our permitting process so we don’t frustrate businesses in our city that are looking to invest in Newark. I don’t believe this policy is going to be a disincentive,” Ramos said.

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