A paid sick leave bill in the New Jersey Legislature surmounted another hurdle to passage on March 22, 2018. Under the proposed law, employers would be required to allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours for small employees (fewer than 10 employees) and 72 hours for large employers (10+ employees). The bill expansively defines how paid sick leave can be used and carries anti-retaliation provisions, extending protections beyond the federal Family Leave and Medical Act, the New Jersey Family Leave Act and other leave statutes.
On March 22, 2018, the Appropriations Committee of the New Jersey Assembly took steps to advance a bill (A1827) that sets minimum paid sick leave requirements for employers in the state. Similar to the 13 New Jersey municipal paid sick leave ordinances that have arisen in recent years, the bill would allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. For small employers with fewer than 10 employees, the accrued paid sick leave and carry forward threshold is capped at 40 hours. For employers with 10 or more employees, the accrual and carry forward threshold is increased to 72 hours of paid sick time.