New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Law
It’s the beginning of a new year, and we, at Staff Management, want to remind you of your rights as employers and employees in NJ, particularly your rights surrounding sick leave.
New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law guarantees that most employees in the state can earn, and use paid sick leave. This law allows employees to accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year.
Employers with fewer than 10 employees are required to provide unpaid leave, while larger employers must provide paid leave.
One of the key features of this law is that it allows employees to use earned sick leave for not only their own illness or injury but also for the care of any family member. The law also allows the use of earned sick leave in cases of domestic violence.
Employers are prohibited from rejecting employees’ requests or use of earned sick leave. Additionally, the law requires employers to provide notice of the earned sick leave law to employees and to keep records of the hours worked and earned sick leave taken by employees for a period of five years.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is responsible for enforcing the law and has made available resources for employees and employers to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law.
In addition, the state of NJ has also enacted several other laws to protect the rights and benefits of employees, such as Minimum Wage, Overtime, Record Keeping Requirements, Child Labor Standards, and Meals and Breaks.
Overall, the NJ Earned Sick Leave Law is a significant step towards ensuring that New Jersey workers have access to paid time off to address their own health needs and those of their family members, without the fear of losing their jobs or facing retaliation. It also helps employers maintain a healthy and productive workforce while protecting the rights and benefits of employees.
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