At the State Level:
Prior to going into recess in late June, NJSA - along with most of NJ's business associations - worked hard to convince the Senate that the current proposed bill would not be positive for NJ's businesses and the state's job growth. NJSA has worked hard to share its views with both the Assembly and Senate over the past two years and issued a Position paper in early 2015 stating its views clearly. Click here
for the Position Paper.
The proposed legislation (S785) was amended in June to prevent additional municipalities in the future from passing their own Paid Sick Leave ordinances, but at its core are still all the issues/problems NJSA discussed in its Position Paper.
Both the Senate President and Assembly Speaker continue to push for passage of this bill once the Legislature returns in late 2015, so the threat of Statewide Paid Sick Leave being sent to the Governor's desk before year-end is still a real possibility.
At the Local Level:
Obviously, staffing firms with employees in one of the current nine (9) municipalities with Paid Sick Leave ordinances are already dealing with it. They are as following (grouped by county):
- Essex County: Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Montclair, and Newark
- Hudson County: Jersey City
- Passaic County: Passaic and Paterson
- Mercer County: Trenton
Advocates for Paid Sick Leave continue to focus on expanding the area covered by Paid Sick Leave by pushing this ordinance in other municipalities. It is reported that Elizabeth, New Brunswick and Princeton may be considering adding a local Paid Sick Leave ordinance.
What NJSA and You Can Do:
NJSA's Legislative Committee will continue to press state legislators and their staff to not support statewide Paid Sick Leave (S785), even in its amended form.
You, however, need to contact your mayor and head of your city or town council and let them know you and your firm are opposed to a Paid Sick Leave ordinance in your community. NJSA has prepared a draft letter/email that you are encouraged to modify and use. Click here
to download sample letter. Do it this week
every Assembly seat is up for election this November. Please reach out to every Assembly candidates in your district and let them know your position on Paid Sick Leave! Click here
to find them.
NJSA's Legislative Committee will continue to keep you current on this important issue in the weeks and months ahead!