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January 11, 2016
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For Staffing Firms with Offices in New Brunswick:

Paid Sick PLUS Safe Leave Ordinance passes in New Brunswick and is effective January 6, 2016

The City of New Brunswick approved on December 17, 2015 an ordinance requiring employers in New Brunswick with more than 5 full-time equivalent employees to provide Paid Sick Leave AND Paid Safe Leave (under conditions similar to those covered by the NJ SAFE Act).  This is the first municipal ordinance that added to the "normal" Paid Sick Leave ordinance a provision to also include paid leave for situations of domestic and sexual violence covered currently on an unpaid leave status under the NJ SAFE Act.

Note that this ordinance was effective January 6, 2016 and will be payable effective May 5, 2016 for covered employees.  Click here for the City of New Brunswick's website that has FAQs, a link to the ordinance itself, and a copy of the required notice/posting that covered employers must post and provide to their current and new employees covered under the law upon hiring. 

A "covered employer" is defined as an employer with a business location within the City of New Brunswick who has 5 or more full-time equivalent employees (everywhere, not just in New Brunswick).

Note there are specific references in the ordinance addressing the temporary staffing industry [Section 1 (5), Section 1 (14), and Section 3 (6)].

The ordinance requires that covered employers provide Paid Sick and Safe Leave in the amounts of either 0, 24 or 40 hours per year with accrual based on 1 hour for every 35 hours worked (other municipalities use 30 hours) based on whether the employee is less than part-time, part-time, or full-time and size of employer.
In This Issue
Legislative News
Optimizing Your Marketing Social Media, January 27th
Law Day V - February 11
Upcoming Events
Industry Partner Event - Part III Optimizing Your Marketing, Social Media -
January 27, 2016
Law Day V- February 11, 2016. Full event details now available and

Executive Leadership Conference - April 26-28, 2016,The Borgata, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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For Staffing Firms with Employees Working in Elizabeth:
Paid Sick Leave for Private Employers was approved by Elizabeth NJ voters in November 2015 and will be effective March 2, 2016.

The voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey approved a Paid Sick Leave law which goes into effect in March.  Employees are eligible for paid sick leave if they perform 80 or more hours of services in the City of Elizabeth in a year.  There is no stated requirement in the ordinance that the employer must be located in Elizabeth.

The terms and calculations are similar to several other municipal ordinances in place in New Jersey.  Click here for a copy of the ordinance.
There are notice and posting requirements for employers to follow but they are not currently available.

Quick List of Eleven NJ Municipalities With Paid Sick Leave Ordinances:

Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City (the ordinance was recently amended), Newark, Passaic, Paterson, Irvington, Montclair, New Brunswick, and Trenton.

If your staffing firm has office locations and/or employ staff performing services in these municipalities, you may need to review these laws and seek professional advice based on your particular circumstances.
Paid Sick Leave Update

Thanks to all our members who sent letters to NJ legislators...we had over 50 emails sent to us on your grassroots action.  Great Job!
NEW DATE - JANUARY 27, 2016 - Optimizing Your Marketing, Social Media, Part III

Social Media has quickly become a focal point of Marketing Strategies. It is not a question of whether Social Media is important to your brand there is no doubt. Here is why you need to take notice; Facebook passed 1.19 billion monthly active users, 874 million mobile users, and 728 million daily users.  Active candidates are focusing their efforts around search engines and social outlets, creating a decline of traffic to specific job boards. 52% of job seekers use Facebook to help find work, 38% use LinkedIn and 34% use Twitter. These numbers grow daily. With the most robust social platforms, you can tap into over 650 million sources from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs, news, and more to hear what's being said about your brand. Then, take action by routing important social media posts to any user across your organization for insight or follow-up.

Join NJSA members and guests on January 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the headquarters of NJ Advance Media at 485 Route 1 South, Iselin, NJ, Building 300. Then stick around for networking at the Kona Grill, 511 U.S. Rte 1, Iselin, NJ 08830 at 5:30pm. 

Eisenhower Conference Center, Livingston

NJSA's Law Day has become a must-attend event for owners, managers, and operations staff needing to know the latest in employment law and legislative issues. 
          • This year we will have speakers on the following topics:
          • Effectively Passing the Claim Blame: A Look at Contractual Obligations & Liability Requirements
          • How to Handle Difficult Employee Relations Issues
          • Avoiding & Mitigating Wage & Hour Claims
          • Employee Legislative Issues: A Look at Federal & State Hot Buttons
Toby Malara
Patrick Stewart

Get the most up-to-date information on national and state legislative news from Toby Malara (ASA) and Patrick Stewart, NJSA's legislative liaison.
Click here for full event details and register today!
Staffing Employment Up in December

Professional and business services added 73,000 jobs in December. Much of the gain occurred in temporary help services (+34,000) with seasonally adjusted staffing employment up 1.2% from November and 3.3% from December 2014. Year-to-year staffing job growth averaged 4.7% in 2015, compared with 5.6% in 2014.

Non-seasonally adjusted BLS data, which estimate the actual number of jobs in the economy, indicated that temporary help employment increased 0.8% from November to December. Year-to-year, there were 3.1% more staffing employees in December than in the same month the prior year.

Total U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 292,000 jobs in December (seasonally adjusted), BLS reported. Incorporating revisions for October and November, the data showed that monthly job gains averaged 284,000 over the past three months. In 2015, job growth averaged 221,000, compared with 260,000 per month in 2014. The unemployment rate held at 5.0% in December-the third consecutive month. (Source: BLS)